I am a rabbi who claimed my Judaism after I became an adult. I learned Hebrew in my 40's. I was amazed at the similarities David Treuer spoke of between how the Ojibwa language "holds" the culture and how Hebrew does the same: Hebrew also is based on verbs and their manipulation into other parts of speech. We also have legends of God making us from the dust of the Earth and breathing in Adam the soul of life. We also believe that worlds are created from words, and that God's formation of the world was through speech. I appreciated the way he explained how the cultural resonances cling to a word---and that same word accurately translated into another language carries different nuances, prejudices. Language is so much more than simply a way to verbally communicate! I do artwork to try to give people an opening into the sacredness of Hebrew.
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