Hebrew expression


Literal translation/ literary sources

Modern usage

nahar (neharot, pl.)
  river (rivers)
Al naharot bavel, sham yashavnu gam bachinu...
By the Rivers of Babylon we sat and wept (Psalm 137)
Many traditional Jews chant this psalm on weekdays before the Grace after Meals
Nahara nahara ufshateya
(Aramaic); nahar nahar v'zirmo (Hebrew)
Each river has its own course (BT Hullin 18) Every place has its customs and unique ways of doing things
nehar eitan
Powerful river; You split open springs and wadis; You dried up the powerful streams (Psalms 74:15)

Large, stormy river

The river, referring to the Perat River; Thus says the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the river in old times, Terah, father of Abraham, and father of Nahor (Joshua 24:2)
nahar di nur (Aramaic) = nahar shel esh (Hebrew)
River of fire; A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him (Daniel 7:10) The Milky Way
aram naharayim
Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and set out, taking with him all the bounty of his master; and he made his way to Aram-Naharaim (Genesis 24:10) Ancient name given to the country residing between the rivers of Perat and Hiddekel; today Iraq.
na-hara (Aramaic)
River River of wide proportions
na-har (verb)
Flowed, streamed; And it shall come to pass in the last days, that's the mountain of the Lord's house, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all the nations shall flow unto it. (Isaiah 2:2)


A small river; An elderly fisherman stood alongside the little river and pulled out a thin net (H.N. Bialik, Zohar)

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