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In Hebrew: ‘A Consideration’

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Yesterday we saw the word for calculationחִשּׁוּב.

Another English word with a similar meaning is consideration in the sense of to take into consideration or to take into account. We might also call this a factor – something worth giving weight to.

Israel’s currency, the shekel, comes from the same root as that of weight.

Modern Hebrew uses this metaphor of weight – employing the root שׁ.ק.ל (sh.k.l) meaning weight – to produce the word for consideration/factor: שִׁקּוּל.

For example:

כְּדֵי לְהַחְלִיט עַל הַדֶּגֶם הַמַּתְאִים, יֵשׁ כַּמָּה שִׁקּוּלִים שֶׁצָּרִיךְ לָקַחַת בְּחֶשְׁבּוֹן.
In order to decide on the right model, there are a few considerations that need to be taken into account.

To say, I’ll consider it, use the active-simple פָּעַל verb, לִשְׁקוֹל.
For example:

טוֹב לִשְׁקוֹל אֶת כָּל הָאֶפְשָׁרוּיוֹת.It’s good to consider all the possibilities.

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