Temples and Holiness in the Hebrew Language

There is a special connection between Temples and Holiness in Hebrew. Let’s look at the phrase בֵּית הַמִקְדָשׁ (Beit HaMikdash) the Holy Temple.

The word מִקְדָשׁ temple comes from the root letters ק-ד-ש.


Here are several more words that are derived from the same root:


מַקְדִישׁ (makdish) dedicates, when a person devotes something for a special purpose.

הַקְדָשָׁה (hakdasha) dedication, assigning or devoting something for a particular purpose. It may be an inscription in a book, the building of a house, or even this newspaper that we devote to the study of the Hebrew language.

הוּקְדַשׁ (hukdash) was dedicated

קְדוֹשִׁים (k’doshim) holy (pl)

קְדוּשָׁה (kedusha) holiness.


This is also the name of an important part of the Jewish prayers that shows again the connection of temples and holiness in the Hebrew language.

קַדִישׁ (kaddish) the Mourner’s Prayer. Said in honor of a person who died.

קִידוּשׁ (kiddush) The blessing said over the wine before the Sabbath or holiday meal.

קִידוּשִׁין (kiddushin) The Jewish wedding ceremony, which is sanctified by special blessings.

You can read about another interesting connection between Hebrew words here.

Let’s keep in touch: Visit our FB page

On our easy to read Hebrew newspaper for beginners- Bereshit Newspaper, you can find more interesting facts about the Hebrew roots: Bereshit Newspaper

Log In

Lost your password?


Test yourself - how well can you manage in Hebrew?

How do you read the name of the following letter?

Do you recognize all of the following letters?
א – ש – ד – ג – ץ – ף - ס

Which of the following letters is not a special "final letter"?

How do you read the following word?

Can you differentiate between the following words and do you know what each word means?
שֶׁמֶשׁ – שַׁמָשׁ

How do you read the following word?

Which of the following words is not plural?

Complete the sentence:
אני ________ את הספר על השולחן

The meaning of the Hebrew word שְׁלֵמִים is:

Complete the sentence:
אֲנִי אוֹהֶבֶת _________ יִשְׂרָאֵל.

Log In