Friday, August 3, 2012

Speaking Another Language

Speaking Hebrew is like learning to sing in a different key. I know the notes and the musical melody, but the attunement needs my utmost attention.

When I speak Hebrew in Israel, I transport myself back to childhood prayers that I memorized. I plunge forward into a contemporary language where new words are created daily.

I am immersed in this Biblical language whether I am asking for a glass of water -- or I am chanting from the Torah during weekday prayers.  

Speaking another language changes your perspective and perhaps your identity.

What I say suddenly matters more.

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