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!!