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The ninth language

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It is well known among those who know me that I am able to converse in eight languages. My parents always were astounded at my ability to master foreign languages and could often pass as a native speaker in several of them.

But there is one language which I can speak and write but cannot read.

It is my ninth language which I call the “language of love”. I have successfully been able to speak it for most of my life. For the past seventy years I have spoken it to beloved friends of my lifetime… 99% of them fellow Israelis and perhaps one percent for others in other lands. Friends are the things I treasure most, next to my children and other family members. “O chavruta o mituta”…. Give me friends or give me death.

In expressing my love for them, my Israeli comrades understand me clearly and they reciprocate likewise. Friends in other countries are often taken back at my free expression of love. It is obviously not common practice in their closed societies. I, however, am open and express my feelings openly. If I offend anyone, I regret it and make my sincere apologies known.

The word “love” appears in the bible 759 times. In the Greek translation of........

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