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Fabulous Fabrics – The Middle East Conflict through the prism of flags

As primitive means for long distance communication, flags are one of the cruder forms of language if not the crudest. The purpose of a flag is simple – conveying information visually. Be it an identity or a signal, in order for it to be effective, any flag must convey said information in the clearest and …

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A land without a people – How one word screwed the most well-known Zionist slogan

The saying ‘a land without a people for a people without a land’ is probably the most well-known expression associated with the Zionist movement. As such, it is probably also the one statement anti-Zionist activists work most tirelessly and tediously to twist and refute. In this article we will take a look at the origin …

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What’s between Hebrew and Intelligence

Intelligence in Hebrew The Hebrew word for intelligence is בִּינָה (bina). It comes from the shoresh ב-י-ן (BetYodNun), which also forms the preposition בֵּין (bein) – meaning between. This is not a coincidence. Among other words that employ this shoresh we may find the verb הֵבִין (hevin) which means to understand, the adjective נָבוֹן (navon) …

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Talking Trees and Bushes – Discourse Representation in Hebrew Vegetation

In this post we are going to look into the two types of plants we tend to keep in the garden and help them grow – trees and bushes, and see it related to the concepts of snakes and weeds we examined in a previous post. Bush in Hebrew The Hebrew word for bush or …

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Tech and Religion – Surprising Hebrew-Latin-Chinese Connection

I just came across this very interesting video from Religion for Breakfast YouTube channel. It’s about how Big-Tech companies are adapting religious characteristics and assume roles that are traditionally reserved for the classic religions of our world. Before we get started, if you didn’t know about Religion for Breakfast, consider following the project because they …

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The hidden symbolism of Westworld’s maze

Warning: The following post contains spoilers the first season of Westworld. Reader discretion is advised. My feelings towards Westworld are somewhat complicated. I absolutely loved the first season and thought it was brilliant. The second season was also quite good, but for obvious reasons it could not replicate the magic of the first one. The …

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Serpent of Uncertainty – The word snake in Hebrew

In these uncertain times, I find myself thinking more and more about the word ‘snake’ in Hebrew and what it represents. The word for ‘snake’ in Hebrew in נָחָשׁ (nachash). It’s a masculine noun so its plural form is נְחָשִׁים (nechashim). There is something very intriguing about the shoresh נ-ח-ש (NunChetShin) which forms the word …

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Fenced Currency – Immigration, inflation and the lingo-economic war waged on your mind

The Chinese word for city is 城市 (pinyin – chéng shì). The first character 城 means wall in the sense of a defensive wall, and the second character 市 represents market. The name Polis (πόλις) for the ancient city-states of Greece is believed to have derived from ptólis which means citadel or fort, but it …

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The Butterfly Effect – How Hebrew drastically changed my view on abortions

Abortions is the only topic on everyone’s lips these days it seems. Not only in the US, but also in Israel and many other places, at least according to my social media feeds. Last week, in a giant act of virtue signaling the Israeli Ministry of Health, even announced they will ease abortion regulations in …

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Helping Hands – The amazing friendship between Hebrew and Chinese

Meet the Chinese character for friendship. It is written 友 and pronounced yǒu in standard Mandarin Chinese (sounds more like ‘yo’ than ‘you’). Though it is not so easy to see it today, this character was originally a pictograph of two hands. Since shaking hands as a form of greeting probably was not a thing …

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