היה

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Etymology[edit]

From the root ה־י־ה (h-y-h). Compare הוּא (hu, he).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

הָיָה (haya) (pa'ál construction)

  1. to be, exist
    • Genesis 1:3, with translation of the Jewish Publication Society:
      וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי אוֹר וַיְהִי־אוֹר׃
      vayómer 'elohím y'hí 'ór vay'hí-'ór.
      And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light.
    • Leviticus 26:12, with translation of the Jewish Publication Society:
      וְהִתְהַלַּכְתִּי בְּתוֹכְכֶם וְהָיִיתִי לָכֶם לֵאלֹהִים וְאַתֶּם תִּהְיוּ־לִי לְעָם׃
      v'hithalakhtí b'tokh'khém v'hayíti lakhém lelohím v'atém tihyú-lí l'ám.
      And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be My people.
  2. to happen, take place, occur
    נֵס גָּדוֹל הָיָה שָׁם.
    nés gadól hayá shám.
    A great miracle happened there.

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