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Languages in Israel

Hebrew, the language of the Bible, and Arabic are the official languages of the State of Israel. Hebrew (and Arabic too) is written from right to left.

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Hebrew, the language of the Bible, and Arabic are the official languages of the State of Israel. Hebrew (and Arabic too) is written from right to left.


It was less than a century and a half ago that Hebrew was still considered a language solely for prayer and completely obsolete on a day-to-day basis. The restoration of Hebrew was a vastly significant factor in the success of the Zionist dream. Updating a “dead” language was a task led virtually in its entirety by one man, Russian-born Eliezer ben Yehuda, and it is a story of extraordinary vision and drama. His biography, Tongue of the Prophets, by Robert St. John, is utterly fascinating and a perfect read for visitors to Israel.


All Israeli school children learn Hebrew, Arabic and English, and good English is spoken by virtually everyone in the country. Israel, a country peopled by many who have come from some 120 countries, is a multi-lingual country, with vast numbers of Israelis also speaking Russian, French, Spanish, Yiddish and tens of other tongues.


Almost every highway and street sign is in English as well as Hebrew (and Arabic), and English language newspapers, magazine and books are available everywhere.


 

 

 

 

Sites & Attractions

 
The Or Torah (Tunisian) Synagogue’s claim to fame is that it is literally covered in mo...
A diving school in a villa near the shore which organizes diving trips to Eilat and Sin...
The winery was established in 1998 and it produces approximately 100,000 bottles annual...
A world of entertainment and leisure awaits along the breathtaking shoreline, including...
"Khan el-Umdan" was built on the foundations of a crusader monastery. It has ...
The winery was established in 2008 and it produces approximately 3,000 – 5,000 bottles ...
 

Accommodations

 
The Leonardo Negev hotel is located in the heart of Beer Sheva, near city center and ho...
Villa Carmel is a boutique hotel, which offers 15 stylish rooms.
The Ein-Gev holiday resort is situated on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee and ...
Donagracia Hotel and museum is located in downtown Tiberias and offers 65 rooms furnis...
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