23 September 2016
לְהַבְדִּיל lehavdil "to separate, to distinguish (something from something else)" is generally used with the prepositions בֵּין ... ל־ bein ... le-...:
One may add לֽהַבְדּיל when speaking about items or persons that might sound inappropriate (or even blasphemous) within one sentence:
The notion of what is appropriate varies from one person to another; religious people have stricter criteria than secular people. To strengthen the expression, one may say לֽהַבְדּיל וּלֽהַבְדּיל lehavdil u-lehavdil, לֽהַבְדּיל אֶלֶף הַבְדָּלוֹת lehavdil elef havdalot "to differ with thousand differences" or לֽהַבְדּיל אֶלֶף אַלְפֵי הַבְדָּלוֹת lehavdil elef alfei havdalot "to differ with thousand thousands of differences".
הֶבְדֵּל hevdel means "difference" in the general sense:
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