Can one appreciate the language and culture of a virulent hating nation?
It is my strong belief and understanding that nations do not
hate each other's, as nations are not imbued with feelings, only
As long as the manipulators hold in their hands the
key to information it will be almost always possible to marionette the
That's why the Internet is so important as it turns the
tables and gives room to the individual voice.
Is it difficult to learn Hebrew?
It is not difficult at all to learn Hebrew when you come from a Middle Eastern
tradition. Hebrew belongs to the semitic languages and is greatly influenced or similar to it.
The theories elaborated by Arabic grammarians were applied to Hebrew grammar during the Golden Age of Hebrew literature and culture.
At that time the Arab ruled Spain and some of our most important cultural figures were in close interaction with theirs.
I was born in Romania as you may read at some pieces on the blog. "Unfortunately", Romanian, although a most beautiful and poetic language, has no Semitic linguistic roots...
We arrived when I was 12 years of age. Two years later, while reading Romain Rolland's Kolas Breugnon in an excellent and most rich translation by noted Hebrew poet Abraham Shlonsky, I realised that not even once have I reached for the dictionary.
That was a moment of triumph, indeed.
Nowadays there are many free Hebrew day classes. Very easy and pleasant. It was not so back in 1948. Parents had to learn from their kids, a task I did indeed perform to the extent that to this day, beware when you speak Hebrew in my presence... I'm on a pilot, You know, like the Pavlov dog...
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