Monday, September 14, 2009

Librarian's Lobby for September

After taking off from writing the column for the summer here is the first column for 5770 תשס"נ

Last August someone asked me why a writer used a particular system of Romanizing Hebrew. I gave a quick answer then, but the topic deserved greater study. The challenge of transcribing sounds or transliterating words from one script to another is an ancient challenge. The Romans when they entered ancient Israel were the first to have a need to write Hebrew words in Latin characters. No orthography fits the oral language precisely.

This month's column, Transliteration of Hebrew, may be downloaded from: It is in PDF format to accommodate the Hebrew and illustrations.

I wish everyone שנה טובה ומתוקה shannah tovah umitukah. May this year be one of peace, respect for one another, prosperity for all, and good health. May your family and friends be a source of strength and support to enable us all to make this a better place to live.

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