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Bayit - House

Hebrew Word of the Week

Bayit, Bet

Our Hebrew word of the week is the masculine noun bayit, meaning “house.”

Note that the “construct form” is transliterated as bet (or beth), and means “house of.” Many synagogues use Beth as part of their name: Beth Israel, Beth El, Beth Shalom, Beth Immanuel, and so on.

The second letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter Bet, which, incidentally means “house.” The letter can also function as a prefix to a noun meaning “within.”

Here are some common Hebrew terms using the word Bet:

Bet Yisrael
Bet Yisrael.
The house of Israel, referring to the collective population of all those who claim to be Jewish or identify themselves with Israel.


Bet Olam
Bet Olam.
A euphemism for a cemetery or “place of rest.” The “everlasting house” or “house of eternity.”


Bet Lechem
Bet Lechem.
Bethlehem. The birthplace of Yeshua the Messiah and King David. “House of bread.” (Gen 35:19; Mic 5:2; Matt 2:1; Luke 2:4).


Bethel
Bet-El.
Bethel. "House of God" The ancient place and seat of worship in Ephraim on border of Benjamin, identified with Luz. Also, a place in the south part of Judah.


Bet Din
Bet din.
Court; House of Justice. Religious court. Rabbinical court.


Bet Knesset
Bet Knesset.
Synagogue. Also the name for the Israeli Parliament.


Bet Tefillah
Bet Tefillah.
House of prayer. Isa. 56:7; Matt. 21:13; Mk. 11:17; Lk. 19:46.


Bet Sefer
Bet Sefer.
School. Sefer means book, so this literally means “house of book.”


Bet Midrash
Bet Midrash.
School; shul; place of study, esp. For Talmud studies.


pictogram
Bet (pictogram)
The pictogram indicates the house of the sign -- the mark of creation. Creation itself is a house built by the Creator. The house is itself a sign - “the heavens declare the glory of God, and firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).

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