Project Description

Municipal elections are being held in Israel on October 30th, 2018. Whether or not you plan on voting, use these 13 Hebrew words to make you feel more in-the-know.

1. Candidate



Hebrew translation: מָעֳמָד (m) מָעֳמֶדֶת (f)

Transliteration: mo-ah-mahd (m) mo-ah-meh-det (f) 

2. Polling place



Hebrew translation: קַלְפִּי

Transliteration: kahl-pee

3. Mayor



Hebrew translation: רֹאשׁ עִיר (m) רֹאשַׁת עִיר (f)

Transliteration: rosh eer (m) rosh-at eer (f) 

4. City hall/municipality 



Hebrew translation: עִירִיָּה


5. Day off 



Hebrew translation: יוֹם שַׁבָּתוֹן

Transliteration: yohm shah-bah-tohn

(Election days are a national holiday and a day off work/school in Israel!) 

6. Survey 



Hebrew translation: סֶקֶר

Transliteration: seh-ker 

7. Party platform



Hebrew translation: מַצָּע

Transliteration: mah-tzah

8. A vote



Hebrew translation:  הַצְבָּעָה

Transliteration: hatz-bah-ah

9. To weigh the options



Hebrew translation:  לְהִתְלַבֵּט

Transliteration: le-heet-la-bet 

10. To vote



Hebrew translation: לְהַצְבִּיעַ

Transliteration: leh-hatz-bee-ah

The root of the word comes from the word אֶצבַּע (which means finger). Funny enough, this can also mean to raise your hand in class or to point at someone. 

11. Who did you vote for?



Hebrew Translation: ?לְמִי הִצְבַּעְתָּ

Transliteration: leh-mee heetz-bah-tah (m) / heetz-baht (f)?

In Israel, it’s totally culturally acceptable to ask people who they voted for. 

12. Left-wing 


Hebrew translation: שְׂמֹאלָנִית (f) שְׂמֹאלָנִי (m) 

Transliteration: smoh-lah-nee (m) smoh-lah-neet (f)

This refers to someone left-leaning politically.

13. Right-wing 



Hebrew Translation:  יְמָנִי (m) יְמָנִית (f) 

Transliteration: yeh-mah-nee (m) / yeh-mah-need (f) 

This refers to someone right-leaning politically, but can also mean right-handed.