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by Yadin Roman

ERETZ 107
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.

ERETZ 104
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.

ERETZ 103
The Miracle Phone

Finding Hebrew 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. more

ERETZ 102
The Many Modes of Mitzvah

Literally, mitzvah (plural mitzvot) means a command of the highest order – biblically from a king or, more often, from God. more

ERETZ 101
Kalanit - The Bride of the Wind

The anemone, or kalanit in Hebrew, is one of the most common winter flowers in the Mediterranean.

ERETZ 100
Tishrei - The Head of All the Months

The new year is a time to look into the Hebrew calendar words, starting with shana (year) - as in Shana Tova. more

ERETZ 99
Summer Extremes

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. more

ERETZ 96
The 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 shadows. more

ERETZ 95
Bees, Honey, and Grave-Diggers

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 honey.

ERETZ 94
The Ever-Evolving Hebrew Language

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 French French.



(Illustrations: Tagist Ron)

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