Hebrew Vocabulary: Law-related Words

The law is the law. Wherever you are, wherever you live, you must respect your country’s laws to live in a community and to not face any issues or unpleasant encounters with the local authorities. But within the world of law, there are a lot of concepts you might have to use at some point or another of your life.

For example, if you want to rent a lovely apartment in the amazing city of Haifa, you’ll have to sign a contract. But do you know how to say contract in Hebrew? Do you know how to say signature in the language of our ancestors?

Don’t you worry, we are here to help you. In this short but extremely useful blog post, we are going to try to expand your Hebrew vocabulary by sharing new Hebrew words you might not have heard before.

So, are you ready for a new Hebrew Vocabulary article? Do you want to learn how to talk to a lawyer, a landlord or a judge when in Israel? Get ready to learn, because we are ready to begin.

Hebrew words for the world of law!

We hope you have to use the terms we are going to teach you on good and happy occasions, such as buying an apartment, or maybe even getting a lawyer for an investment process in your very own Israeli startup. From the bottom of our hearts, we hope you use these terms on those occasions and no others. What do you say?

Here, you are going to learn a few Hebrew words that are going to be incredibly useful for whenever what we mentioned before happens. Here we go!

Lawyer: Lawyer – or attorney – in Hebrew is עורך דין, it is pronounced or-ech deen, and it literally means “the one who creates or edits justice”. Just in case you didn’t know, Israel has the highest number of attorneys per capita in the entire world. What conclusions can you draw from this fact? We’ll leave that to you and your imagination, but would say that Israelis like to be prepared, protected, and secure. Justice is very important and present in the Torah, and lawyers are the ones making sure justice happens.

Contract: Again, we hope you sign many fruitful contracts in your life, especially in Israel. Contract in Hebrew is חוֹזֶה and it is pronounced cho-zeh, almost like the Spanish name. Many companies in Israel offer amazing contracts with lots of benefits to their employees, part of the recent Israeli office culture, is to offer their employees conditions and a space they are comfortable with. Make sure you analyze your חוֹזֶה very carefully, and in case you need to, you can always contact an עורך דין.

Signature: Simple. Signature in Hebrew is חתימה, it is pronounced cha-tee-mah, and you’ll need to learn this word as soon as you can. They will ask you for your חתימה at the bank, when signing a contract, when hiring new public services, and on a number of different occasions… So be ready to sign, a lot.

Judge: Judge in Hebrew is שׁוֹפֵט. Yes, same word for those judges sitting at the local supreme court, and for the judges (referees) in a soccer or basketball game. It is pronounced shoh-phet, and whatever she or he dictates, must be followed. In some instances in Israel, law-related judges still wear togas, so if you are ever around the Tel Aviv District Court on Weizmann street be ready to feel like you are in an episode of either Suits or Law & Order.

Document: When dealing with the law, you’ll read and sign a lot of different documents. Document in Hebrew is מסמך, and it is pronounced mees-mach. You will use this word a lot, especially if you work in an administration, content creation, academic research, and of course in the fields of law and legal assistance.

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Arie Elbelman R.Arie was born and raised in Chile, and immigrated to Israel in his early twenties. He wants to take an active role in the development of this young and smart country. Arie believes that the best way to shape our present and future is to live with more horizontal hierarchies, to smile a whole lot, and to always, always respect each other.

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