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In Hebrew: ‘Eternal’

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Eternal

נִצְחִי

There are a few ways of saying forever in Hebrew. One is לְעוֹלָם (leh-oh-LAHM), employing the original Biblical meaning of the word עולם (oh-LAHM) – eternity. In Modern Hebrew (as well as in late Biblical Hebrew), עולם means world.

Another way of saying forever is לָנֶצַח (lah-NEH-tsahkh). The word נצח (NEH-tsahkh) itself also means eternity in Biblical Hebrew.

Two other ways of expressing the concept of forever in Modern Hebrew are לְתָמִיד (leh-tah-MEED) – literally, for always; and לִצְמִיתוּת (leets-mee-TOOT) -permanently.

To say eternal, Hebrew employs the word נצח, creating נִצְחִי (neets-KHEE).

But to say the eternal nation? That’s עַם הַנֶּצַח (ahm hah-NEH-tsahkh) – literally, the nation of eternity.

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About the Author: Ami Steinberger is founder and director of Ulpan La-Inyan.


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