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Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
or Israeli Hebrew (עברית חדשה‎, ʿivrít ḥadašá[h], [ivˈrit xadaˈʃa] – "Modern Hebrew" or "New Hebrew"), generally referred to by speakers simply as Hebrew (עברית‎ Ivrit), is the standard form of the Hebrew language spoken today. Spoken in ancient times, Hebrew, a member of the Canaanite branch of the Semitic language family, was supplanted as the Jewish vernacular by the western dialect of Aramaic
beginning in the third century BCE, though it continued to be used as a liturgical and literary language. It was revived as a spoken language in the 19th and 20th centuries and is one of the two official languages of Israel, along with Arabic. Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
is spoken by about nine million people, counting native, fluent, and non-fluent speakers.[5][6] Most speakers are citizens of Israel: about five million are Israelis
who speak Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
as their native language, 1.5 million are immigrants to Israel, 1.5 million are Arab citizens of Israel, whose first language is usually Arabic, and half a million are expatriate Israelis
or diaspora Jews living outside Israel. The organization that officially directs the development of the Modern Hebrew language, under the law of the State of Israel, is the Academy of the Hebrew Language.


1 Name 2 Background 3 Revival 4 Classification 5 Alphabet 6 Phonology 7 Morphology 8 Syntax

8.1 Word order

9 Pronunciation 10 Loanwords 11 Bibliography 12 References 13 External links

Name[edit] The most common scholarly term for the language is "Modern Hebrew" (עברית חדשה‎ ʿivrít ħadašá[h]). Most people refer to it simply as Hebrew (עברית‎ Ivrit).[7] The term "Modern Hebrew" has been described as "somewhat problematic"[8] as it implies unambiguous periodization from Biblical Hebrew.[8] Haiim B. Rosén (he) supported the now widely used[8] term "Israeli Hebrew" on the basis that it "represented the non-chronological nature of Hebrew".[7][9] In 2006, Israeli linguist Ghil'ad Zuckermann
Ghil'ad Zuckermann
proposed the term "Israeli" to represent the multiple origins of the language.[7] Background[edit] Main article: Hebrew language One can divide the history of the Hebrew language
Hebrew language
into four major periods:[10]

Biblical Hebrew, until about the 3rd century BCE; the language of most of the Hebrew Bible Mishnaic Hebrew, the language of the Mishnah
and Talmud Medieval Hebrew, from about the 6th to the 13th century CE Modern Hebrew, the language of the modern State of Israel.

Jewish contemporary sources describe Hebrew flourishing as a spoken language in the kingdoms of Israel
and Judah, during about 1200 to 586 BCE.[11] Scholars debate the degree to which Hebrew remained a spoken vernacular following the Babylonian captivity, when Old Aramaic
became the predominant international language in the region. Hebrew died out as a vernacular language somewhere between 200 and 400 CE, declining after the Bar Kokhba revolt
Bar Kokhba revolt
of 132–136 CE, which devastated the population of Judea. After the exile Hebrew became restricted to liturgical use.[12] Revival[edit] Main article: Revival of the Hebrew language Hebrew had been spoken at various times and for a number of purposes throughout the Diaspora, and during the Old Yishuv
Old Yishuv
it had developed into a spoken lingua franca among the Jews of Palestina.[13] Eliezer Ben-Yehuda then led a revival of the Hebrew language
Hebrew language
as a mother tongue in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Modern Hebrew used Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew
morphemes, Mishnaic spelling, and Sephardic pronunciation. Idioms and calques were made from Yiddish. Its acceptance by the early Jewish immigrants to Ottoman Palestine was primarily due to support from the organisations of Edmond James de Rothschild in the 1880s and the official status it received in the 1922 constitution of the British Mandate for Palestine.[14][15][16][17] Jews from Arab lands introduced many loanwords from Arabic
(e.g. na'ana, zaatar, mishmish, kusbara, ḥilba, lubiya, hummus, gezer, rayḥan, etc.). The words gerev (sing.) / garbayim (pl.) are now applied to "socks," a diminutive of the Arabic
ğuwārib ("socks").[18] Ben-Yehuda codified and planned Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
using 8,000 words from the Bible and 20,000 words from rabbinical commentaries.[19] He also invented some words, such as ḥatzilīm for eggplants (aubergines) and ḥashmal for electricity.[20] As no Hebrew equivalent could be found for the names of certain produce endemic to the New World, they devised new Hebrew words for maize and tomato, calling them tiras (Heb. תירס) and ʿagḇaniyyah (Heb. עגבניה), respectively. The latter word is derived from the shape of the vegetable, which resembled a buttocks (Heb. ʿagaḇīm). Sometimes, old Hebrew words took on different meanings altogether. For example, the Hebrew word kǝvīš (כביש‎), which now denotes a "street" or a "road," is actually an Aramaic
adjective meaning "trodden down; blazoned", rather than a common noun. It was originally used to describe "a blazoned trail."[21] One of the phenomena seen with the revival of the Hebrew language
Hebrew language
is that, occasionally, old meanings of words were changed for altogether different meanings, such as bardelas (ברדלס‎), which in Mishnaic Hebrew
Mishnaic Hebrew
meant "hyena",[22] but in Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
now means "cheetah;" or shezīph (שְׁזִיף‎) which is now used for "plum," but formerly meant "jujube."[23] The word kishū’īm (formerly "cucumbers")[24] is now applied to a variety of summer squash (Cucurbita pepo var. cylindrica), a plant native to the New World. For a simple comparison between the Sephardic and Yemenite versions of Mishnaic Hebrew, see Yemenite Hebrew. Classification[edit] Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
is classified as an Afroasiatic language of the Semitic family and the Canaanite branch of the North-West semitic subgroup.[25][26][27][28] Although it has been influenced by non-Semitic languages, Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
retains its Semitic character in its morphology and in much of its syntax.[29][page needed] A minority of scholars argue that the revived language had been so influenced by various substrate languages that it is genealogically a hybrid with Indo-European.[30][31][32][33] These theories have not been met with general acceptance, and Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
continues to be considered a Semitic language by most experts.[26][34] Modern Hebrew is based on Mishnaic and Biblical Hebrew, and is commonly seen as a direct continuation of one or both.[35] Alphabet[edit] Main article: Hebrew alphabet Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
is written from right to left using the Hebrew alphabet, which is an abjad, or consonant-only script of 22 letters based on the "square" letter form, known as Ashurit (Assyrian), which was developed from the Aramaic
script. A cursive script is used in handwriting. When necessary, vowels are indicated by diacritic marks above or below the letters known as Nikkud, or by use of Matres lectionis, which are consonantal letters used as vowels. Further diacritics like Dagesh and Sin and Shin dots are used to indicate variations in the pronunciation of the consonants (e.g. bet/vet, shin/sin). The letters "צ׳‬", "ג׳‬", "ז׳‬", each modified with a Geresh, represent the consonants [t͡ʃ], [d͡ʒ], [ʒ]. [t͡ʃ] is also in some places written as "תש". [w] is represented interchangeably by a simple vav "ו", non-standard double vav "וו" and sometimes by non-standard geresh modified vav "ו׳".

Name Alef Bet Gimel Dalet He Vav Zayin Chet Tet Yod Kaf Lamed Mem Nun Samech Ayin Pe Tzadi Kof Resh Shin Tav

Printed letter א ב ג ד ה ו ז ח ט י כ ל מ נ ס ע פ צ ק ר ש ת

Cursive letter

Pronunciation [ʔ], ∅ [b], [v] [g] [d] [h] [v] [z] [x]~[χ] [t] [j] [k], [x]~[χ] [l] [m] [n] [s] [ʔ], ∅ [p], [f] [t͡s] [k] [ɣ]~[ʁ] [ʃ], [s] [t]

Transliteration ' b, v g d h v z ch t y k, ch l m n s ' p, f tz k r sh, s t

Phonology[edit] Main article: Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
phonology Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
has fewer phonemes than Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew
but it has developed its own phonological complexity. Israeli Hebrew has 25 to 27 consonants and 8 to 10 vowels, depending on the speaker and the analysis. The following table lists the consonant phonemes of Israeli Hebrew in IPA

Labial Alveolar Palato-alveolar Palatal Velar Uvular Glottal

Obstru- ents Stop p b t d

k ɡ



t͡s   (t͡ʃ)4 (d͡ʒ)4

Fricative f v s z ʃ (ʒ)4

x~χ1 ɣ~ʁ3 h2








1 In modern Hebrew /ħ/ for ח has been absorbed by /x~χ/ that was traditionally only for fricative כ, though some older Mizrahi speakers still separate these.[36] 2 The glottal consonants are mostly elided in unstressed syllables, and sometimes also in stressed syllables as well, but are pronounced in careful or formal speech. In modern Hebrew /ʕ/ for ע has been absorbed by /ʔ/ that was traditionally only for א, though some older Mizrahi
speakers still separate these.[36] 3 Commonly transcribed /r/. This is usually pronounced as a velar fricative [ɣ], sometimes as a uvular fricative or approximant [ʁ], and sometimes as a uvular or alveolar trill, depending on the background of the speaker.[36] 4 The phonemes /w, tʃ, dʒ, ʒ/ were introduced through borrowings.

Obstruents assimilate in voicing: voiceless obstruents (/p t ts tʃ k, f s ʃ x/) become voiced ([b d dz dʒ ɡ, v z ʒ ɣ]) when they appear immediately before voiced obstruents, and vice versa. Hebrew has nine vowel phonemes, five short and four long:[2]

front central back

high i iː


mid e̞ e̞ː

o̞ o̞ː


ä äː

Long vowels occur unpredictably where two identical vowels were historically separated by a pharyngeal or glottal consonant, and the first was stressed. Any of the five short vowels may be realized as a schwa [ə] when far from lexical stress. There are two diphthongs, /aj/ and /ej/.[2] Most lexical words have lexical stress on one of the last two syllables, of which the last syllable is the more frequent in formal speech. Loanwords may have stress on the antepenultimate syllable or even further back. Morphology[edit] Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
morphology (formation, structure, and interrelationship of words in a language) is essentially Semitic.[37] Modern Hebrew showcases much of the inflectional morphology of the classical upon which it was based. In the formation of new words, all verbs and the majority of nouns and adjectives are formed by the classically Semitic devices of triconsonantal roots (shoresh) with affixed patterns (mishkal). Mishnaic attributive patterns are often used to create nouns, and Classical patterns are often used to create adjectives. Blended words are created by merging two bound stems or parts of words. As any living language, Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
has expanded its vocabulary effectively to meet the needs of casual vernacular, of science and technology, of journalism and belles-lettres. Syntax[edit] The syntax of Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
is mainly Mishnaic,[37] while also showing the influence of different contact languages to which its speakers have been exposed over the past century. Word order[edit] The word order of Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
is predominately SVO (subject–verb–object). Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew
was originally verb–subject–object (VSO), but drifted into SVO.[38] Modern Hebrew maintains classical syntactic properties associated with VSO languages—it is prepositional rather than postpositional in making case and adverbial relations, auxiliary verbs precede main verbs; main verbs precede their complements, and noun modifiers (adjectives, determiners other than the definite article ה-‎, and noun adjuncts) follow the head noun, hence in genitive constructions the possessee noun precedes the possessor. Moreover, Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
allows and in cases requires sentences with a predicate initial. Pronunciation[edit] While the pronunciation of Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
is based on Sephardi Hebrew, the pronunciation has been affected by the immigrant communities that have settled in Israel
in the past century and there has been a general coalescing of speech patterns. The guttural [χ] has largely replaced the softer [ħ] of Sephardi Hebrew for the phoneme chet (Hebrew: ח‬) which Sephardi Hebrew only used for fricative chaf (Hebrew: כ‬). The pronunciation of the phoneme ayin (Hebrew: ע‬), has merged with the pronunciation of aleph (Hebrew: א‬) which is either [ʔ] or unrealized [∅] and has come to dominate Modern Hebrew; in many variations of liturgical Sephardi Hebrew, it is [ʕ], a voiced pharyngeal fricative. The letter vav (Hebrew: ו‬) is realized as [v], which is standard for both Ashkenazi and most variations of Sephardi Hebrew. The Jews of Iraq, Aleppo, Yemen and some parts of North Africa pronounced vav as [w]. Yemenite Jews, during their liturgical readings in the synagogues, will still make use of the older pronunciation of this Hebrew letter. The pronunciation of the letter resh (Hebrew: ר‬) has also largely shifted from Sephardi [r] to either a [ɣ] or a [ʁ]. Loanwords[edit] Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
has loanwords from Arabic
(both from the local Levantine dialect and from the dialects of Jewish immigrants from Arab countries), Aramaic, Yiddish, Judaeo-Spanish, German, Polish, Russian, English and other languages. Simultaneously, Israeli Hebrew makes use of words that were originally loanwords from the languages of surrounding nations from ancient times: Canaanite languages as well as Akkadian. Mishnaic Hebrew
Mishnaic Hebrew
borrowed many nouns from Aramaic, as well as some from Greek. In the Middle Ages, liturgical Hebrew borrowed heavily from Spanish, Greek, and Arabic. Some typical examples of Hebrew loanwords are:

loanword derivatives origin

Hebrew IPA meaning Hebrew IPA meaning language spelling meaning

ביי‬ /baj/ goodbye   English bye

אגזוז‬ /eɡˈzoz/ exhaust system   exhaust system

דיג׳יי‬ /ˈdidʒej/ DJ לדג׳ה‬ /ledaˈdʒe/ to DJ to DJ

ואללה‬ /ˈwala/ really!?   Arabic والله‎ really!?

כיף‬ /kef/ fun לכייף‬ /lekaˈjef/ to have fun[w 1] كيف‎ pleasure

חפיף‬ /χaˈfif/ lightly להתחפף‬ /lehitχaˈfef/ to scram[w 2] خَفِيف‎ lightly

אבא‬ /ˈaba/ daddy   Aramaic אבא the father/my father

חלטורה‬ /χalˈtura/ shoddy job לחלטר‬ /leχalˈteɣ/ to moonlight Russian халтура shoddy work[w 3]

בלגן‬ /balaˈɡan/ mess לבלגן‬ /levalˈɡen/ to make a mess балаган chaos[w 3]

תכל׳ס‬ /ˈtaχles/ directly   Yiddish תּכלית goal

חרופ‬ /χʁop/ deep sleep לחרופ‬ /laχˈʁop/ to sleep deeply כראָפּ snore

שפכטל‬ /ˈʃpaχtel/ putty knife   German Spachtel putty knife

גומי‬ /ˈɡumi/ rubber גומיה‬ /ɡumiˈja/ rubber band Gummi rubber

גזוז‬ /ɡaˈzoz/ carbonated beverage   Turkish from French gazoz[w 4] from eau gazeuse carbonated beverage

פוסטמה‬ /pusˈtema/ stupid woman   Ladino   inflamed wound[w 5]

אדריכל‬ /adʁiˈχal/ architect אדריכלות‬ /adʁiχaˈlut/ architecture Akkadian arad-ekalli temple servant[w 6]

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^ "Hebrew". UCLA Language Materials Project. University of California. Retrieved 1 May 2017.  ^ a b c d Dekel 2014 ^ Meir & Sandler, 2013, A Language in Space: The Story of Israeli Sign Language ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Hebrew". Glottolog
3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.  ^ Klein, Zeev (March 18, 2013). "A million and a half Israelis struggle with Hebrew". Israel
Hayom. Retrieved 2 November 2013.  ^ Nachman Gur, Behadrey Haredim. "Kometz Aleph – Au• How many Hebrew speakers are there in the world?". Retrieved 2 November 2013. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link) ^ a b c Dekel 2014; quote: "Most people refer to Israeli Hebrew simply as Hebrew. Hebrew is a broad term, which includes Hebrew as it was spoken and written in different periods of time and according to most of the researchers as it is spoken and written in Israel
and elsewhere today. Several names have been proposed for the language spoken in Israel
nowadays, Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
is the most common one, addressing the latest spoken language variety in Israel
(Berman 1978, Saenz-Badillos 1993:269, Coffin-Amir & Bolozky 2005, Schwarzwald 2009:61). The emergence of a new language in Palestine at the end of the nineteenth century was associated with debates regarding the characteristics of that language.... Not all scholars supported the term Modern Hebrew for the new language. Rosén (1977:17) rejected the term Modern Hebrew, since linguistically he claimed that 'modern' should represent a linguistic entity that should command autonomy towards everything that preceded it, while this was not the case in the new emerging language. He also rejected the term Neo-Hebrew, because the prefix 'neo' had been previously used for Mishnaic and Medieval Hebrew (Rosén 1977:15–16), additionally, he rejected the term Spoken Hebrew as one of the possible proposals (Rosén 1977:18). Rosén supported the term Israeli Hebrew as in his opinion it represented the non-chronological nature of Hebrew, as well as its territorial independence (Rosén 1977:18). Rosén then adopted the term Contemporary Hebrew from Téne (1968) for its neutrality, and suggested the broadening of this term to Contemporary Israeli Hebrew (Rosén 1977:19)" ^ a b c Matras & Schiff 2005; quote: The language with which we are concerned in this contribution is also known by the names Contemporary Hebrew and Modern Hebrew, both somewhat problematic terms as they rely on the notion of an unambiguous periodization separating Classical or Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew
from the present-day language. We follow instead the now widely-used label coined by Rosén (1955), Israeli Hebrew, to denote the link between the emergence of a Hebrew vernacular and the emergence of an Israeli national identity in Israel/Palestine in the early twentieth century." ^ Haiim Rosén (1 January 1977). Contemporary Hebrew. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 15–18. ISBN 978-3-11-080483-6.  ^ Hebrew language
Hebrew language
Encyclopædia Britannica ^ אברהם בן יוסף ,מבוא לתולדות הלשון העברית (Avraham ben-Yosef, Introduction to the History of the Hebrew Language), page 38, אור-עם, Tel Aviv, 1981. ^ Sáenz-Badillos, Ángel and John Elwolde: "There is general agreement that two main periods of RH (Rabbinical Hebrew) can be distinguished. The first, which lasted until the close of the Tannaitic era (around 200 CE), is characterized by RH as a spoken language gradually developing into a literary medium in which the Mishnah, Tosefta, baraitot and Tannaitic midrashim would be composed. The second stage begins with the Amoraim
and sees RH being replaced by Aramaic
as the spoken vernacular, surviving only as a literary language. Then it continued to be used in later rabbinic writings until the tenth century in, for example, the Hebrew portions of the two Talmuds and in midrashic and haggadic literature." ^ TUDOR PARFITT; THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE OLD YISHUV TO THE REVIVAL OF HEBREW, Journal of Semitic Studies, Volume XXIX, Issue 2, 1 October 1984, Pages 255–265, https://doi.org/10.1093/jss/XXIX.2.255 ^ Hobsbawm, Eric (2012). Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-39446-9. , "What would the future of Hebrew have been, had not the British Mandate in 1919 accepted it as one of the three official languages of Palestine, at a time when the number of people speaking Hebrew as an everyday language was less than 20,000?" ^ Swirski, Shlomo (11 September 2002). Politics and Education in Israel: Comparisons with the United States. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-58242-5. : "In retrospect, [Hobsbawm's] question should be rephrased, substituting the Rothschild house for the British state and the 1880s for 1919. For by the time the British conquered Palestine, Hebrew had become the everyday language of a small but well-entrenched community." ^ Palestine Mandate (1922): "English, Arabic
and Hebrew shall be the official languages of Palestine" ^ Benjamin Harshav (1999). Language in Time of Revolution. Stanford University Press. pp. 85–. ISBN 978-0-8047-3540-7.  ^ Cf. Rabbi Hai Gaon's commentary on Mishnah
Kelim 27:6, where אמפליא (ampalya) was used formerly for the same, and had the equivalent meaning of the Arabic
word ğuwārib ("stockings; socks"). ^ Roberto Garvio, Esperanto and its Rivals, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015, p. 164 ^ Which words are marked as "New Words" in the Even-Shoshan Hebrew Dictionary, s.v. חצילים; see: Modern Hebrew
Modern Hebrew
usages. Ḥashmal is found only once in the Hebrew Bible, in Ezekiel's vision of the chariot (Ezek. 1:4; 1:27), but has been explained in a medieval Judeo- Arabic
lexicon (reprinted in the book, Jewish Culture in Muslim Lands and Cairo Geniza Studies, ed. Yosef Tobi, Tel-Aviv University: Tel-Aviv 2006, p. 61 [note 114]) as being some angelic entity which had "utmost strength". Others have explained it to mean an angel that changes hues. ^ Compare Rashi's commentary on Exodus 9:17, where he says the word mesillah is translated in Aramaic
oraḥ kevīsha (A blazoned trail); the word "kevīsh" being only an adjective or descriptive word, but not a common noun as it is used today. It is said that Ze'ev Yavetz (1847–1924) is he that coined this modern Hebrew word for “road.” See Haaretz, Contributions made by Ze'ev Yavetz; Maltz, Judy (25 January 2013). "With Tu Bishvat Near, a Tree Grows in Zichron Yaakov". Haaretz. Retrieved 27 March 2017.  ^ Maimonides' commentary and Rabbi Ovadiah of Bartenura's commentary on Mishnah
Baba Kama 1:4; Rabbi Nathan ben Abraham's Mishnah Commentary, Baba Metzia 7:9, s.v. הפרדלס; Sefer Arukh, s.v. ברדלס; Zohar Amar, Flora and Fauna in Maimonides' Teachings, Kefar Darom 2015, pp. 177–178; 228 ^ Zohar Amar, Flora and Fauna in Maimonides' Teachings, Kfar Darom 2015, p. 157, s.v. שזפין OCLC 783455868, explained to mean "jujube" (Ziziphus jujube); Solomon Sirilio's Commentary of the Jerusalem Talmud, on Kila'im 1:4, s.v. השיזפין, which he explained to mean in Spanish "azufaifas" (= "jujubes"). See also Saul Lieberman, Glossary in Tosephta - based on the Erfurt and Vienna Codices (ed. M.S. Zuckermandel), Jerusalem 1970, s.v. שיזפין (p. LXL), explained in German as meaning, "Brustbeerbaum" (= jujubes). ^ Thus explained by Maimonides in his Commentary on Mishnah
Kila'im 1:2 and in Mishnah
Terumot 2:6. See: Zohar Amar, Flora and Fauna in Maimonides' Teachings, Kefar Darom 2015, pp. 111, 149 (Hebrew) OCLC 783455868; Zohar Amar, Agricultural Produce in the Land of Israel
in the Middle Ages (Hebrew title: גידולי ארץ-ישראל בימי הביניים), Ben-Zvi Institute: Jerusalem 2000, p. 286 ISBN 965-217-174-3 (Hebrew) ^ Hebrew at Ethnologue
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Modern Hebrew
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Rashi Braille Ashuri Cursive Crowning Paleo-Hebrew


Alef Bet Gimel Dalet Hei Vav Zayin Het Tet Yud Kaf Lamed Mem Nun Samech Ayin Pei Tsadi Kuf Reish Shin Taw


Tiberian Babylonian Palestinian Samaritan

Shva Hiriq Tzere Segol Patach Kamatz Holam Kubutz and Shuruk Dagesh Mappiq Maqaf Rafe Sin/Shin Dot


with Niqqud
/ missing / full Mater lectionis Abbreviations


Diacritics Meteg Cantillation Geresh Gershayim Inverted nun Shekel sign Numerals


Biblical Hebrew Modern Hebrew Philippi's law

Law of attenuation


Biblical Modern

Verbal morphology Semitic roots Prefixes Suffixes Segolate Waw-consecutive


Revival Academy Study Ulpan Keyboard Hebrew / ancient / modern Israeli literature Names Surnames Unicode and HTML

Reference works

Brown–Driver–Briggs Hebrew and Aramaic
Lexicon of the Old Testament

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Modern Semitic languages


varieties of Arabic Judeo-Arabic Maltese

Modern Hebrew Aramaic

Western Neo-Aramaic Northeastern Neo-Aramaic Central Neo-Aramaic Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Chaldean Neo-Aramaic Bohtan Neo-Aramaic Hértevin Turoyo Koy Sanjaq Surat Senaya Syriac Mandaic Neo-Mandaic Mlahsô Judeo Aramaic

South Semitic

Old South Arabian

Jabal Razih

Modern South Arabian

Ethiopian Semitic

Gurage languages Arqobba Amharic Tigrinya Tigre Chaha Harari Silt'e Soddo Inor

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Jewish languages




Biblical Mishnaic Medieval Modern


Ashkenazi Sephardi Mizrahi Yemenite Tiberian Samaritan Hebrew



Biblical Targum Talmudic Barzani Hulaulá Lishana Deni Lishán Didán Lishanid Noshan Betanure Jewish Neo-Aramaic Samaritan Aramaic



Judaeo-Iraqi Judaeo-Moroccan Judaeo-Tripolitanian Judaeo-Tunisian Judaeo-Yemeni


Kayla / Qwara (Cushitic) Judaeo-Berber (Berber)




Dialects / Argots

Eastern Western Litvish Poylish Ukrainish Galitzish Yiddish
Dutch Scots Yiddish Alsatian Yiddish Klezmer-loshn ganovim-loshn balagole-loshn katsoves-loshn Sabesdiker losn Judendeutsch Yiddish
sign language Lachoudisch

Jewish English

Yeshivish Yinglish Heblish



Judaeo-Catalan Judaeo-Italian Judaeo-Piedmontese Judaeo-Spanish Haketia Tetuani Judeo-Latin Judaeo-Occitan Judaeo-French Judaeo-Portuguese Judaeo-Aragonese



Bukhori Juhuri Dzhidi Judaeo-Hamedani Judaeo-Shirazi Judaeo-Esfahani Judaeo-Kurdish Judaeo-Yazdi Judaeo-Kermani Judaeo-Kashani Judaeo-Borujerdi Judaeo-Khunsari Judaeo-Golpaygani Judaeo-Nehevandi


Yevanic (Hellenic) Knaanic (Slavic) Judaeo-Marathi (Indo-Aryan)


Krymchak / Karaim (Turkic) Judaeo-Malayalam (Dravidian) Judaeo-Georgian (Kartvelian)

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