What's the Biggest Word in Hebrew?

In this episode of the StreetWise Hebrew podcast, we explore the large and mighty realm of the two-syllable word that says it all: Gadol.

Gadol, 'big,' and its root, g.d.l, have made a huge career in written and spoken Hebrew. Let’s meet the family today; from mustaches and fast food chains to towers and plastic surgery.

Words and expressions discussed:
Gadol – גָּדוֹל
Haya gadol – הָיָה גָּדוֹל
Ani yodaat elohim, ata Gadol me-hachayim – אֲנִי יוֹדַעַת אֱלוֹהִים, אַתָּה גָּדוֹל מֵהַחַיִים
Rosh gadol – רֹאשׁ גָּדוֹל
Gdolim – גְּדוֹלִים
Ha-tsara itcha she-yesh lecha einayim gdolot – הַצָּרָה אִיתְךָ שְׁיֵשׁ לְךָ עֵינַיִים גְּדוֹלוֹת
Yesh anashim she-bonim migdalim – יֵשׁ אֲנָשִׁים שֶׁבּוֹנִים מִגְדָּלִים
Ligdol – לִגְדּוֹל
Gadalti be-shana – גָּדַלְתִּי בְּשָׁנָה
Legadel yeladim – לְגַדֵּל יְלָדִים
Legadel safam, zakan – לְגַדֵּל שָׂפָם, זָקָן
Lehagdil, lehaktin – לְהַגְדִּיל, לְהַקְטִין
Ata rotse lehagdil? – אַתָּה רוֹצֶה לְהַגְדִּיל?
Hagdala – הַגְדָּלָה
Hagdalat shadayim – הַגְדַלַת שָׁדַיִים

Playlist:
Ha-keves ha-shisha-asar – Kshe-eheye gadol
Sarit Chadad – Rak she-teda et ha-emet
Rita – Hayinu gdolim
Arik Einstein – Einayim gdolot
Arik Einstein – Ohev lihyot ba-bayit
Gadalti be-shana – various artists