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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...
This river is about 60 kilometers long and flows through the Arif mountain range and th...
This nature reserve gets its name from the wonderfully refreshing natural grove that ha...
"What’s Up" Observatory in Eilat provides visitors with tours in the desert ...
The Margalit Winery is a small family winery which was established in 1989 and is known...
In the landscape of the serene desert frontier, at the foot of Mount Amasa, and on the...
 

Accommodations

 
Blue Hotel is a small hotel located in a quiet alley in the centre of Eilat, within wa...
Hotel Eden, Tiberias, is located on a high point above the Sea of Galilee, situate...
The modern, stylish, classic European desighed Ein Kerem Hotel, is located near Ein Ker...
​Hotel facing Dizengoff Center. Five suites of various sizes, each with a kitchenette
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