Jaffa means Beautiful, my Darling!

The word Jaffa in Hebrew means beautiful. When you see a “J” begin a Hebrew word, you can change it to a “Y”. So that makes Jaffa into Yaffah. The accent is usually on the last syllable, so that’s why I put the “h” at the end. So it’s Yaf-FAH. The city in Israel is pronounced like that–Yaf-FAH. So those of you who are planning a trip to Israel, you can sound like a native. The Hebrew nickname for a native is tsabrah (prickly pear–prickly on the outside but soft on the inside).

The Egyptians thought Sarai was very yaffah, and that is what got Abram into trouble. Leah was not yaffah, but Rachel was.

See Song of Solomon 1:15–Wow, you are yaffah, my darling, (ra’ati) wow, you are yaffah! Dove’s eyes! The word for my darling (ra-ati) here is only used in Song of Solomon. The root of the word ra’ati comes from the word for friend or companion. So if you want to say my darling to someone in Hebrew, you can say ra’ati.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s