A study of the individual words in a language and of the the ways their meanings develop, lights up the past of the people, the conditions under which they lived and reflects its morality and ethical life. What a revealing thing it is to observe that the same word in Hebrew, צדקה – tzedaka, which literally means charity, should also mean justice. We are left with the attendant thought that to the Hebrew mind the giving of charity was no more than a simple act of justice.” (From “How the Hebrew Language Grew” by Edward Horowitz.)
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