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    juggy4711

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    Jewish languages?

    Post  juggy4711 on Sun May 20, 2012 9:39 pm

    What languages were the Torah, Talmud and other Holy texts originally written in?
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    Re: Jewish languages?

    Post  Arik on Tue May 22, 2012 8:42 am

    The Torah was in Hebrew. In the Talmud, the Misnah is in Hebrew, the Gemarah in Aramaic for the most part. The Hebrew Bible itself is written in Hebrew except for certain sections, (like a portion of Daniel when he was in the exile that was Aramaic)


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    Post  juggy4711 on Tue May 22, 2012 7:40 pm

    So are Rabbis (is that the proper plural of Rabbi?) required to be able to read both Hebrew and Aramaic?
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    Re: Jewish languages?

    Post  Arik on Wed May 23, 2012 1:50 pm

    juggy4711 wrote:So are Rabbis (is that the proper plural of Rabbi?) required to be able to read both Hebrew and Aramaic?


    well, ya gotta admit, it certainly helps lol.


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    Post  juggy4711 on Wed May 23, 2012 8:53 pm

    Sure it would help but is that a yes or a no?
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    Re: Jewish languages?

    Post  Arik on Thu May 24, 2012 10:58 am

    juggy4711 wrote:Sure it would help but is that a yes or a no?


    Actually my sarcasm shoulda been enough lol. The answer is yes. If one cannot read the languages, how could they totally teach it on the proper level from Rabbi to student? There are many words in Hebrew for example that are impossible to fully translate to English and still maintain the same meaning.


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    Re: Jewish languages?

    Post  juggy4711 on Thu May 24, 2012 9:11 pm

    Yeah I should have gotten that. Embarassed
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    Re: Jewish languages?

    Post  Yehudah on Tue May 29, 2012 1:56 pm

    Hebrew is the language of the Torah, the Talmud Bavli was written in Aramaic, the Mishneh was written in Hebrew.

    Aramaic and Hebrew are very close, so close in fact that if you know one, you will know the other. I read and understand both equally.


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    Post  juggy4711 on Tue May 29, 2012 9:54 pm

    Wow. Wasn't aware the two are so closely related.
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    Re: Jewish languages?

    Post  Yehudah on Wed May 30, 2012 10:57 am

    Yup!


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