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In Hebrew: ‘Humanity’

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אֱנוֹשׁוּת Today being יוֹם הַשּׁוֹאָה – Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day – the Hebrew word for humanity comes to my mind: אֱנוֹשׁוּת.

אנושות derives from the name of Biblical Adam’s grandson, אֱנוֹשׁ, a word also sometimes used to refer to humanity.

אנושות is also related to the familiar word for people – אֲנָשִׁים.

Here’s an example of אנושות in context:

הַשּׁוֹאָה הָיְתָה מַכָּה גְּדוֹלָה לָאֱנוֹשׁוּת. The Holocaust was a big blow (hit) for humanity. In adjective form, אנושות becomes אֱנוֹשִׁי, such as in the phrase, מַעֲנֶה אֱנוֹשִׁי – human response (such as when you’d call a hotline and ask to speak to a human being).

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About the Author: Ami Steinberger is founder and director of Ulpan La-Inyan.

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