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Hebrew Lesson Number 15:

The Seder Night

It is the Springtime! The Holiday of Passover is just about to arrive. In this Hebrew audio/visual lesson, Liat and Eran share with us how much they like this holiday and where and with whom they will spend the Seder Night this year.

Introduction to Lesson 15: 

The Seder Night

How beautiful leyl ha-seder is!  The Seder Night . . . with all its special traditions, symbols, and foods . . . gathering with family, reading the Four Questions, drinking four cups of wine...

The Four Questions

?מה נשתנה

Where will you be for the seder this year? Our Hebrew Teachers, Liat and Eran, are both going to be with lots of family and are sure to have a fantastic time.  As they tell us about their plans for the holiday, we’ll learn some Hebrew vocabulary related to family.  We’ll also get to take a closer look at possession in Hebrew.  Remember?  These are the words that make a family into my family, a sister into your sister, a dog into their dog.

הכנת מצות בתנור

So this is the time to make Learn Hebrew Pod yours - shelcha . . . or give a gift subscription and make it theirs - shelahem.  Have a wonderful holiday!  chag sameyach!!

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Learn Hebrew Pod - Lesson No. 15

Team Conversation from the Lesson:

Jonathan:  shalom uvruchim ha-ba-im Hello and welcome to

Welcome to shi-ur mispar chamesh-esre. As we very well know from our previous lesson, shi-ur is a lessonmispar is a number and chamesh-esre is fifteen.

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shalom Eran ve shalom Liat!  ma kore? - What’s up?

Liat: ahalan  Yonatanha-kol ne-hedar. Especially the weather - mezeg ha-avirnachon Eran?

Eran:  shalom shaloma-halan le-kulam!  bediyuk!  mezeg ha-vir me-ule. It is actually the beginning of my favorite time of the year. at zocheret Liat, a few lessons ago we discussed the four seasons…

ארבע העונות

Liat:  arba ha-onotkamuvan! - Of course!  ve-ani zocheret heytev - I remember very well… what your favorite season is - eyzo ona ata ha-chi o-hev..

Jonathan:  If I remember correctly, Eran likes two seasons in particular…. he likes the fall very much…the fall is stav… and he likes…

!אוף.... עוד מעט זה סוף החורף

Liat:  et ha-aviv! - The spring ... and we are just at the beginning of….

Eran:  ha-aviv! - The spring!  chodesh April - the month of April just arrived, ha-choref - the winter is leaving us…hmmm Jonathan, I’m sorry about that, I know that choref is your favorite season:))


Jonathan:  ani  gam  me-od o-hev et ha-aviv - I also like the spring very much!  I actually think that this is kind of a ‘consensus’ season….atem maskimim? - Do you agree?  Ha-aviv….kulam o-havim et ha-aviv! - Everybody likes the spring!


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Some Grammar from This Lesson:

Possessive Adjective - Shel


The word shel in Hebrew is Of and indicates possession. When certain suffixes are added to this word, it serves as, what we are familiar with in English, Possessive adjectives or Possessive pronouns.

Possessive adjectives in English are my, your, his, her, its, our, your or their and are used to indicate possession or ownership. For example, we can say, that is your car, meaning; the car belongs to you. The word ‘your’ is a possessive adjective, describing to whom the car belongs. In this instance, we mention the object discussed as well as the owner.

A possessive pronoun is quite the same.  An example of this may be, this is our car and this is yours. The difference is that, in this case, the pronoun replaces the noun. We know what object we’re talking about. We don’t need to specifically mention it again, but instead, in most cases, add the suffix ‘s’ to the possessive adjective.

My, becomes mine, your, becomes yours our, becomes ours, etc.

In this aspect, things in Hebrew are simpler!  Hebrew does not distinguish between Possessive Adjectives and Possessive Pronouns, no my versus mine, no your versus yours and so forth.

המשפחה שלי

Remember, possession in Hebrew is tailored from the word shel-of and the different suffixes, which indicate the owner. Let’s look at when Liat uses these possessive conjugations in our Hebrew dialogue:

Eran:  When I ask Liat where she is going to be on Passover Evening she says:

אני נוסעת להורים שלי בנתניה

I am going to my parents in Natanya.

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