The Hebrew root נ.ו.ד (n.w.d) or נ.י.ד (n.y.d) bears the concept ofmobility and movement, as in the Biblical phrase in which קַיִן-Cain is cursed:
Modern applications of the root נ.ו.ד/נ.י.ד include:
טֶלֶפוֹן נַיָּד – mobile phone and the reflexive-intensiveהִתְפַעֵל verb:
לְהִתְנַיֵּד – to move/transfer oneself and to be become mobile The word להתנייד became very common in Israel this past year with the mobile phone reforms, as people found themselves switching among various cell-phone companies.
Another common usage of להתנייד has to do with getting around town. For example:
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About the Author: Ami Steinberger is founder and director of Ulpan La-Inyan.The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.
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