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The word לשבת means to sit, and there’s a plethora of uses for this verb in Hebrew. We’ll be talking about jails and cafes, dog trainers, Ottoman Jews, and restaurant hosts, all in the same episode!

New Words and Expressions:

Yoshev – Sitting – יושב

Yoshev al ha-gader – Sitting on the fence – יושב על הגדר

Yoshev alai bool – It fits me perfectly – יושב עליי בול

Ze yoshev aleicha/alayich bool – It fits you perfectly – יושב עליך/עלייך בול

Eich ze yoshev alai? – How does it look? – איך זה יושב עליי

Lo yodea, ze lo yoshev alai tov – I don’t know, it doesn’t fit – לא יודע, זה לא יושב עליי טוב

Efo atem yoshvim? – Where are you located? – איפה אתם יושבים

Yoshvim shiva’h – Sitting shiv’ah – יושבים שבעה

Efo atem yoshvim? – Where are you sitting? – איפה אתם יושבים

Hu yoshev ba-kele – He sits in jail – הוא יושב בכלא

Al ma hu yoshev? Al ma hi yoshevet? – What is he/she sitting for? – על מה הוא יושב/היא יושבת

Yoshev/yoshevet rosh – Chairperson – יושב/יושבת ראש, יו”ר

Yoshev rosh ha-opozitsya – The head of the opposition in the Knesset – יושב ראש האופוזיציה

Ha-boss sh’li yoshev li al ha-rosh ligmor mashehu – My boss is pressuring me to finish something – הבוס שלי יושב לי על הראש לגמור משהו

Ha-horim sheli yoshvim li al ha-rosh ba-byit – My parents are breathing down my neck at home – ההורים שלי יושבים לי על הראש בבית

Ha-horim sheli yoshvim li al ha-vrid – My parents are breathing down my neck – ההורים שלי יושבים לי על הווריד

Yeshiva – Jewish religious school (see more here) – ישיבה

Hit’amloot be-Yeshiva al kise – Doing exercise while sitting on a chair – התעמלות בישיבה על כיסא

Lashevet be-batei kafe – To sit in cafes – לשבת בבתי קפה

Bo neshev al kafe, nedaber – Let’s sit over coffee, we’ll talk – בוא נשב על קפה, נדבר 

Lashevet o lakachat? – Sit down or take away? – לשבת או לקחת

Shev/shvi! – Sit! – שב/שבי

Shev/shvi/shvoo bevakasha – Sit down please – שב/שבי/שבו בבקשה

Shev shev – Sit down, sit down – שב, שב

Lama ata lo yoshev? Shev! – Why aren’t you sitting down, sit! – למה אתה לא יושב? שב

Le’an ata rats? Bo shev daka – Where are you running? Sit down for a sec. – לאן אתה רץ? בוא שב דקה

Yishuv – Village – ישוב

Ha-yishuvim ba-tsafon – The places in the north of Israel – הישובים בצפון

“Ha-yishuv” – Jews in Israel before 1948 (see more here) – הישוב 

Moshav – Village (see more here) – מושב

Moshava – Colony (see more here) – מושבה

Moshav ba-matos – Seat on a plane – מושב במטוס

Playlist and Clips:

Arik Einstein – Yoshev Al Ha-gader (lyrics)

Shazamat – Yoshev Alai Bool (lyrics)

Yoshev Rosh – Chairperson


Qigong be-yeshiva

Ivri Lider – Batei Cafe (lyrics)



Moshavim ba-matos – Seats on the plane

Teapacks – Yoshvim be-beit cafe (lyrics)

Moshav in Wikipedia 

Moshava in Wikipedia

Ha-yishuv in Wikipedia

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