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It's me again. Zvuvi. And I have a question for you: how many of the English words you use are actually Hebrew?
Hmmm....Want to think about it? Take your time. In the meantime I'm going to put up our alphabet.
Our alphabet is called the Alef Bet.
What's that??? Did I hear you say that the word alphabet sounds like Alef Bet?!?
Ding, Ding, Ding!!!!! You just scored a point because the Alef Bet was around a long time before the word "alphabet" came into being.
What other English words are almost, if not identical to Hebrew words?
Here's another. It's a Leonard Cohen favorite:
Too much prayer? Here's a word that's Shabbat related. It's something everyone loves to eat, even people that are not Jewish. The word -- in Hebrew and English -- is right there, on the bottom right corner of this cutting board.
What's that? You say I've got a lot of
And if you think this is a Yiddish word, you are so wrong! Have a read.
These are only a few "English" words. There are many more.
Why, all of a sudden, am I into this? Because it's Hebrew Language Week in Israel. Tomorrow is the birthday of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the father of the modern Hebrew language. Without him, Hebrew would only be the language of the Bible. Thanks to him, it's the language we speak morning, noon and night.
Don't worry. A lot of English words have crept into Hebrew as well. But that's another post.
So, for now...