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In Hebrew: ‘The Majority’

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

הָרוֹב

An important part of what חֲנֻכָּה Hannukah - represents is the victory of the few over the many.

The common spoken-Hebrew word for many is הַרְבֵּה, but in a more literary sense or when referring to majority, the word is רוֹב. The ר.ו.ב (r.w.b) root is the same as that of the word for rabbi -רַב - and means greatness.

Whereas in English, we talk about the vast majority, in Hebrew we say: הָרוֹב הַמֻּחְלָט the absolute majority 

or הָרוֹב הַמַכְרִיעַ the decisive majority

or, to simplify: הָרוֹב the majority

חַג חֲנֻכָּה שָׂמֵחַ! Happy Hanukkah holiday!

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In Hebrew: Glow

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

לִזְהוֹר

To Glow.

A common Hebrew name for both males and females (as well as the name of the most well-known work of Kabbalah) is זֹהַר, meaning glow. The word is also a verb of the active-simple פָּעַל variety: לִזְהוֹר.For example:

נֵרוֹת הַחֲנֻכָּה זוֹהֲרִים
The Hanukkah candles are glowing.
חַג חֲנֻכָּה שָׂמֵחַ!
Happy Hanukkah holiday!
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