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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...
In the northwest corner of Israel, on the Israel-Lebanon border, at a point where the M...
Hechal Shlomo The seat of the Chief Rabbinate, Hechal Shlomo is home to an impressive ...
Museum in the artists' village at Ein Hod in the center of the Carmel, exhibits works o...
Cable car takes visitors from the northwest edge of the Carmel at Stella Maris to the e...
The centerpiece of Old Jaffa is Kedumim Square, where the archaeological dig beneath th...
 

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The hotel is designed like an ancient castle and offers a variety of rooms and suites. ...
Shkedi's camplodge is located south of the Dead Sea and offers bungalows and 2 wooden ...
Had Nes is located on the Israeli side of the slopes of the Golan
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