I proudly wore my favorite Hebrew word (well, phrase) today – הכרת הטוב (Hakarat Hatov). It means “recognizing the good,” and it’s one of our school’s core values. It seems fitting, since our country was shaken to the core this week, to focus our attention on goodness, kindness and best intentions.
But I wasn’t the only one wearing a Hebrew word today. Your children wore their favorite words, too! I just walked into the gym and saw these favorites:
שלום Shalom: Peace
גלידה Glidah: Ice Cream
מלפפון Melafafon: Cucumber
סבבה Sababa: Cool! (slang)
אהבה Ahavah: Love
בקבוק Bakbuk: Bottle
משמש Mishmish: Apricot
The Hebrew they learn connects them to ancient words of Torah, to modern day Israel and to Am Yisrael, Jews around the world.
It helps them understand prayer and gives them the ability to pray with intention. It impacts their cultural competence and their personal Jewish identity. It activates their brain, increases their cognitive abilities and gives them tools to pursue further language learning.
In 5th grade they will go to Machaneh Ivrit, an overnight Hebrew experience where they are challenged to speak only Hebrew for 36 hours and celebrate all they have learned!
So, what’s your favorite Hebrew word? You can find one on Google Translate…or simply ask your children to teach you a word. They know many!