הבדיל

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the root ב־ד־ל ‎(b-d-l).

Verb[edit]

הִבְדִּיל ‎(hivdíl) ‎(hif'il construction)

  1. To separate.
    • Genesis 1:4, with translation of the Jewish Publication Society:
      וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאוֹר כִּי־טוֹב וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ׃
      vayár' 'elohím 'et-ha'ór ki-tóv vayavdél 'elohím béin ha'ór uvéin hakhóshekh.
      And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
  2. To distinguish: to recognize or discern a difference, or to make a distinction.
    קשה להבדיל ביניהם.kashé l'havdíl beinéhem. — It is hard to tell them apart.

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