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.