In Hebrew, that means "For You."
It's pronounced "b'shelACH" or "b'shelHA" depending on gender. For You.
And it is. Why Hebrew? I'm no Hebrew scholar. When I was in middle school my parents began a conversion to Judaism. Not an every day occurrence I assure you. In fact the Jews actually discourage conversion. But more on that in a bit.
Yep, I was raised Christian until my teenage years. You know the whole hymnal on Sundays, "Jesus Loves Me" in Sunday School and catechisms in the Christian elementary schools we'd attend. My father is also military, so with our incessant moves we'd attend a new church with every new move and the religious move to Judaism, although a disheveling one for the teenager I was, was a gradual discovery for my family. My father, not unlike myself, is a researcher. Jesus was a Jew. Naturally as he began to delve into the history of Christianity, to explore it's roots and the holidays he came across several disparities that no one in the church, no matter what church we were attending at the time, seemed to note. But more on that in a bit too.
So it's who I am, מי אני "me ani" learning and knowing Hebrew. We'd say the Hebrew prayers after meals (yep, after meals) and during the festivals, sing them on Shabbat (my favorite part!). The culture and language has seeped deep into my blood. How serendipitous in this lifetime that one of my first overseas Instagram campaigns back in 2012 was to the Middle East, where I could actually use the language that I had acquired over all these years!
This is it in a nut shell. Almost 20 years later and my fascination with the language continues. This year I began a tangible journal, honing my spoken Hebrew as the written Torah (first five books of the Bible) which we sang in synagogue is a bit different than the spoken, conversational version.
"Beh-eevreet!" I can hear my college professor yelling. "In Hebrew!"
I'll be posting a bit of my Hebrew research over the years, in manageable bites, and my scritchy scratchy journal notes. There will be mistakes, but c'est la vie. Everyone should keep a hand-written journal. They have gone out of style these days with all of the note-taking apps, but I beg you, buy a pen!
So more next time, בעברית in Hebrew!