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In Hebrew: ‘Humanity’

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Humanity

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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