by Yadin Roman
Against the Negda
As the flames of
accusation and the misdeeds discovered in the Israel Tax Authority and the
Ministry of Finance begin to singe the Prime Minister’s Office, it is time to
prepare for another election by looking at the words created to replace some of
the terms heard during election seasons.
Nature and Air Conditioners
In modern Hebrew,
the term for weather is mezeg avir - literally "the nature of the air."
This is a modern interpretation of a very old Hebrew word: mezeg.
The Miracle Phone
words for modern technology is one of the most challenging aspects of reviving
this ancient language. A generous dose of creativity usually is combined with a
reliance on ancient texts.
The Many Modes of Mitzvah
mitzvah (plural mitzvot) means a command of the highest order –
biblically from a king or, more often, from God.
Kalanit - The Bride of the Wind
The anemone, or
kalanit in Hebrew, is one of the most common winter flowers in the
Tishrei - The Head of All
The new year is a
time to look into the Hebrew calendar words, starting with shana (year) -
as in Shana Tova.
Kayitz is the
Hebrew word for summer. The word makes its appearance very early in the Bible -
in Genesis, right at the end of the account of the Flood.
Language of Light
As the short days
of winter begin, my thoughts turn to light and the approach of Hanukka, the
Festival of Lights. Hanukka is a welcome break that drives away the winter
Bees, Honey, and
Honey is an
important component of the Rosh Hashanah meal. Bees and honey are, of course,
mentioned in the Bible - after all, the Promised Land was the land of milk and
It could be argued
that there's no need to preserve a language that haws been around for over 2,000
years. Plus the French have been widely ridiculed for their attempts to keep