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Hebrew Valentine Translation?
February 14, 2014 2:40 PM   Subscribe

My daughter received this valentine today from a staff member at her public school. Can anyone tell me what it says? Thank you -
posted by Mrs. Green to Society & Culture (10 answers total)
As one might expect, it says Happy Valentine's Day.
posted by Justinian at 2:50 PM on February 14 [1 favorite]

(אהבה שמחה יום)
posted by Justinian at 2:50 PM on February 14

I thought it might, but with this particular person, one can never be sure. Thank you!
posted by Mrs. Green at 2:51 PM on February 14 [1 favorite]

Justinian, what's the transliteration -- it's not chag semeach, is it?
posted by janey47 at 2:58 PM on February 14

A direct translation is "day love happy".

Valentine's day is usually referred to as love's day in Hebrew.
posted by sockpuppetdirect at 3:02 PM on February 14

Across the top it says simcha yom (happy day). Down the right side it says ahavah (love). Chag sameach is just a general term that means happy holiday.
posted by southern_sky at 9:35 PM on February 14

The best translation would be Happy Love Day. Judging from the handwriting, though, I believe that whoever wrote this doesn't actually know Hebrew and just copied the letter shapes.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:42 AM on February 15

It's obviously intended to say "Happy Valentine's Day", or literally "Happy Love Day", but whoever wrote it didn't know Hebrew: both the grammar and some of the letter shapes are wrong.
posted by zeri at 12:12 PM on February 15

One name for Valentine's Day in Hebrew is "yom ahava" (love day). So "yom ahava sameach" means "[have a] happy Valentine's day". The person who made the card didn't form the letters very well, and didn't know the correct word order.
posted by Joe in Australia at 2:07 AM on February 16

Oh, and here's a relevant wiki answers post: What is happy Valentine's Day in Hebrew?
posted by Joe in Australia at 2:09 AM on February 16

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