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In Hebrew: ‘Future’

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In a smart branding move, Yair Lapid named his resoundingly popular political partyיֵשׁ עָתִיד Atid rhymes with Lapid, thus linking the idea of hope for a bright future with the winning man himself.

The word עָתִיד, in Modern Hebrew, refers to the noun, future, as in:

מָתַישֶׁהוּ בָּעֲתִיד אָטוּס לְאֵירוֹפָּה.

Sometime in the future I’ll fly to Europe.

In its Biblical usage, עתיד is an adjective meaning ready for or destined. Perhaps the best-known example is in the Book of Esther:

…וְלִהְיוֹת הַיְּהוּדִים עֲתִידִים לַיּוֹם הַזֶּה לְהִנָּקֵם מֵאֹיְבֵיהֶם… (אֶסְתֵּר ח’:י”ג)

…and for the Jews to be ready for this day, to take revenge on their enemies… (Esther 8:13) 

עתיד is used in Modern Hebrew as an adjective as well:

נְמַל חֵיפָה עֲתִיד לִהְיוֹת הַנָּמֵל הַשְּׁלִישִׁי בְּגָדְלוֹ בַּמִּזְרַח הַתִּיכוֹן.

The Port of Haifa is destined to be third-largest port in the Middle East.

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

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