That phrase provides a great example of how language picks up from its environment as the generations go by. Here’s the phrase broken down etymologically, in reverse chronological order:
I’m filled with pride as I think of my cousin and that the word קצין, symbolic of the Jew who stands up in defense of his basic human dignity as well as of the dignity of that which he represents, is the only word in this string that is authentic Biblical Hebrew.
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About the Author: Ami Steinberger is founder and director of Ulpan La-Inyan.
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