Dead in Hebrew – What is a Metsar?


A metsar, or mtym, is a plural suffix which adds to a root name. It can be translated as trouble, straits, or enemy. The root is TSr, or “pressed in”, which also means the same thing. Often it is prefixed with the letter “mem” which means “what is…”. In most cases, the word is pronounced as an eeym, or yeem.

Hebrew is a language which has been in use for more than three thousand years. It is best known as the language of the Hebrew Bible. However, it is also used as a literary language among Jews. There are around five million native speakers of the language in Israel and around 5 million in the rest of the world. Although it is no longer in regular use as a spoken language, it is still in use as a liturgical language and it has survived as a literary language through modern times.

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