Fw: [b-hebrew] A Request

gfsomsel at juno.com gfsomsel at juno.com
Mon Oct 25 10:42:35 EDT 2004

Uri Hurwitz wrote:

>yes, Yigal, but as you said these are simply translations.
>Marianne discussed the famous 1 Kings 20:11 --  )L YTHLL  XGR KMPTX and  
>provided a dozen words or so of English translation. I wonder if there is a more 
compact translation that approaches the impact of the original?
>Now the structure of Semitic languages is different from  that of the English, 
yet it is the power of biblical Hebrew that is captivating to this day.
>Yigal Levin <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il> wrote:
>----- Original Message ----- 
>Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2004 11:15 AM
>Subject: [b-hebrew] A Request

>> To diverge--I need a little help with modern Hebrew. How would one say
>> "Let's put our cards on the table"--meaning "quit bluffing 
and show me
>> hand"--aw, you know what I mean. There must be some expression like
that--and if
>> it's in Biblical Hebrew that would be fine, too. Certainly, I know how to
>> this in Yiddish, but it's rather vulgarly put ;-(

>Hi Marianne,
>The expression in modern Hebrew is almost a translation of the English (or
maybe of an equivilant German of French expression): Ptah et kol hakkelafim
(open all of the cards), or, Hasof et kol hakkelafim (expose all of teh


How about "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched"?


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