She or I? This confuses me!
In this sentence "היתה" refers to "בעיה גדולה" which is third person feminine. Because of the "לי", it's 'I'. So -
I had a house = היה לי בית
I had a problem = היתה לי בעיה
She had a problem = היתה לה בעיה
Thank you very much! This clears a lot!
אִלּוּלֵא הוּא, הָיְתָה לִי בְּעָיָה גְּדוֹלָה
Is there a reason why "if it were not for it..."
If you had a context, where a thing of masculine gender were named, yes of course.
If this is feminine, why is there a male voice in the recording. That really confused me. Or is הייתה used both for the feminine and masculine?
The word היתה in this sentence refers to בעיה, so it would be the same for a male or a female speaker. The next word, לי ("to me"), indicates it's I who had the problem, but it's the same for male or female.
What's the difference between אילולא and לולא?
They are synonymous. אִלּוּלֹא if not has one more compound put in front in it (אִם + לוּ + לֹא) formed in rabbinic Hebrew.