IDF soldiers take off their jackets as they stand atop a tank after returning to Israel from Gaza.
IDF soldiers take off their jackets as they stand atop a tank after returning to Israel from Gaza. August 5, 2014. Photo by Reuters
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Everyone's talking about the hafsakat-esh, or 'ceasefire.' Let’s meet hafsaka ('break') and its family: all the words of the 'P.S.K' root. In Hebrew, it's worth getting to know the whole family of a root, not just isolated words in a long list.

Words and expressions discussed:
Hafsaka - הַפְסָקָה
Hafsakat-esh – הַפְסַקַת-אֵש
Hafsakat-esh humanitarit –הַפְסַקַת-אֵש הוּמָנִיטָרִית
Maga’im intensiviyim le-hafsakat esh, ach ha-esh lo poseket – מַגָּעִים אִינטֵנסִיבִיים לְהַפְסַקַת-אֵש, אַךְ הָאֵש לֹא פּוֹסֶקֶת
Ha-hafsaka ha-gdola – הַהַפְסָקָה הַגְּדוֹלָה
Hifsakti lenasot – הִפְסַקְתִּי לְנַסּוֹת
Hifsakti le’ashen lifnei shavu’a – הִפְסַקְתִי לְעַשֵּן לִפְנֵי שָׁבוּעַ
Choshev lehafsik le’ashen? Eize yofi – חוֹשֵב לְהַפְסִיק לְעַשֵּן? אֵיזֶה יוֹפִי
Kshe’at nogaat bi ani mafsik lachshov – כְּשֶאַת נוֹגַעַת בִּי אֲנִי מַפְסִיק לַחְשוֹב
Lo tafsiki lekavot – לֹא תַּפְסִיקִי לְקַווֹת
Ha-sherut hufsak – הַשֵׁירוּת הוּפְסַק
Piska - פִּיסְקָה
Psik - פְּסִיק
Pisuk - פִּיסוּק
Pasuk – פָּסוּק
Pesek zman – פֶּסֶק זְמָן
Kach pesek zman – קַח פֶּסֶק זְמָן

Playlist:
Roi Tal – Hifsakti lenasot
Adi Dayan – How to stop smoking
Boaz Shar’abi – Kshe’at Nogaat Bi
Gali Attari – Shir She-yavi Lach Ahava
Pesek Zman commercial
Arik Einstein - Pesek Zman