Lesson Transcript

Shalom, ani Yana! Welcome to HebrewPod101.com’s Alef-Beit be-kalei kalut.
The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn the Hebrew alphabet: the alef-beit!
In the last lesson we learned the proper reading of some unmodified Biblical Hebrew. That was quite inspiring, wasn't it?
In this lesson we will continue and read another phrase from the same book- Be-reshit, or Genesis.
Are you ready? So let’s start! Bou nathil!
The next sentence is taken from Genesis Ch 2, verse 18 and it became a proverb that is used in many cases in Hebrew, so it is useful even today-
'Va-yomer adonai elohim, lo tov heyot ha-adam levado; eese lo ezer, kenegdo'
"And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper to complement him.”
Let’s break it down-
'va-yomer'- and said.
וַיֹאמֵר (handwriting)
וַיֹאמֵר (print)
This is a special word. Because it represents the "real name" of god, it is forbidden to pronounce it as written, and we don’t even know the original niqqud -- all we have are consonants sound. So instead, we must say 'adonai' - which is Lord/God. Now that you know Hebrew writing, you can try to guess the original name!
יהוה (handwriting)
יהוה (print)
'elohim'- This also means God here.
אֱלֹהִים (handwriting)
אֱלֹהִים (print)
'lo tov'- not good.
לֹא טוֹב (handwriting)
לֹא טוֹב (print)
'heyot'- to be or exist.
הֶיוֹת (handwriting)
הֶיוֹת (print)
'ha-adam'- the man.
הָאָדָם (handwriting)
הָאָדָם (print)
'levado'- by himself or alone.
לְבַדוֹ (handwriting)
לְבַדוֹ (print)
'eese'- I will make.
אֶעֶשֶה (handwriting)
אֶעֶשֶה (print)
'lo'- (to) him.
לוֹ (handwriting)
לוֹ (print)
'ezer'- help.
עֵזֶר (handwriting)
עֵזֶר (print)
'kenegdo'- opposite to him.
כְּנֶגְדוֹ (handwriting)
כְּנֶגְדוֹ (print)
An excerpt of this verse, "lo tov heyot ha-adam levado” is very well known in Israel. It means that people are sociable creatures and need company. People also use it to suggest that every man needs a woman by his side.
Now it's time for Yana's insight.
In the Hebrew language, there is a great use of Biblical sentences as proverbs in daily life. these are words of wisdom and Israelis continue to find them applicable to modern situations.
If you learn a few proverbs like this, you will definitely impress any Israeli person with your knowledge!
The next lesson is also the last of this Hebrew writing series. It is a time for you to be proud - you will have mastered the Hebrew alphabet! But it will also be a time to say goodbye. Have you ever heard someone say there is a time for everything?
In the last lesson of our series, you may just hear someone say it in Hebrew!
See you next lesson!!
Lehitraot!!

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Friday at 12:27 AM
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Dear Dirk,


Thanks for commenting and sharing this excellent question!


This topic is a little complicated, as it involves a biblical grammatical structure, that isn't often used in the modern language.

The word "היות" here is translated in this lesson as "to be or exist", but another way to translate it closer to the source would maybe be "the being of", which makes the whole sentence literally: "not good *is the being of* the man alone".


You are definitely correct about the modern Hebrew form "להיות" being the infinitive of "to be".


I hope that helps, please let us know if you have any further questions 👍


Best,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Dirk
Friday at 11:41 PM
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Hi,


I was hoping that you could give a short explanation of the grammar concerning the word היות.


Should it be the qal infiinitve form, I would have considered it writting with ל whereas here it starts with ה.


Thanks in advance

Yuan
Saturday at 10:39 PM
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What basics should I learn if I am a beginner of learning Hebrew??

Could you also give me some tips??

HebrewPod101.com Verified
Tuesday at 10:39 PM
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Hi Rebekka,


Thanks for posting!


Hebrew has changed a lot in the last 3000 years since the bible was written, but many things remained also surprisingly similar.

The main difference is in the usage of specific words that either changed meaning or are considered old fashioned nowadays, and the application of biblical grammatical structures.


Learning modern Hebrew is a great place to start, as it will teach you how to read the Hebrew script and learn important vocabulary.


Please let us know may you have any further questions 👍


Best,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Rebekka
Tuesday at 07:38 PM
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hello,

I want to learn hebrew in order to be able to read the bibel in the original.

Is there a difference between biblical hebrew and modern hebrew?

If there is, what is the difference?

Is it possible to learn biblical hebrew here at hebrewpod101 ?

HebrewPod101.com
Tuesday at 07:12 PM
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Hi Yuan,


Thanks for posting.


In our series of lessons, some have Nikkud and some don't - this is because reading Hebrew without Nikkud is crucial for the fluent reading, as 99% of the cases there will be no Nikkud in texts outside Hebrew lessons...

Reading without Nikkud might be hard at first, but you will see that slowly you develop an intuition for it, that's hard to achieve while depending on the voweling sings...


Thanks for your understanding, please let us know in case you have any questions!

Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com

Yuan
Wednesday at 05:00 PM
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Can you put nikud it the next 400 words that is posted in youtube?

HebrewPod101.com
Monday at 11:40 PM
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Hi Yuan!


Thanks for introducing yourself and for the great feedback! 👍👍


We are happy to hear that you enjoy learning with us and we're glad to have you as a student!

Keep up the good work 😄


Roi

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Yuan
Friday at 10:40 PM
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Shalom ani yuan naim meod thanks for such an oppurtunity to read some portions of the hebrew bible thanks lehitraot!

HebrewPod101.com
Sunday at 03:53 PM
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Hi Manuel,


Thank you very much for posting and for sharing your experience!


Please let us know may you have any questions about the lessons - we'll be glad to help out 😄


Yours,

Roi

Team HebrewPod101.com