Story of the Hebrew Eye

In Hebrew, too, eyes are the window to the soul. In this episode of StreetWise Hebrew, we take a glance at the lingual aspects of these poetically charged organs.

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Ayin means eye in Hebrew. How is the word used? What does it mean when somebody calls you 'my eyes'? What's happening over on the Arabic side? And what do you call the evil eye?

Words and expression discussed:

Ayin – einayim - עַיִן – עֵינַיִים

Einayim sheli, einai - עֵינַיִים שֶלִי, עֵינַיי

Al tich’asi einayim sheli - אַל תִּכְעַסִי עֵינַיִים שֶלִי

Ayoon, Uyoon (Arabic)

Ayooni - עָיוּנִי

Be’einay, be’eineha - בְּעֵינַיי, בְּעֵינֵיהָ

Ze matsa chen be’einay - זֶה מָצָא חֵן בְּעֵינַיי

Ayin ha’ra, ayin ra’a - עַיִן הָרַע / עַיִן רָעָה

Bli ayin ha’ra - בְּלִי עַיִן הָרַע

Einayim sheli - Yehuda Poliker