jew vs hebrew : Common Errors in English

About jew vs hebrew

These terms overlap but are often distinguished in usage. In the older portions of the Bible the descendants of Abraham and Sarah are referred to as “Hebrews.” Since the 6th century BCE Babylonian captivity and the return from exile, they have been known as “Jews,” a name derived from the dominant remaining tribe of Judah. Modern Jews are seldom referred to as “Hebrews” but the language spoken in the state of Israel today, based on ancient Hebrew, is “Modern Hebrew.” Although “Hebrew” has sometimes been used in a condescending or insulting manner to refer to modern Jews, it is not in itself an insulting term. However, it is normal when you have a choice to use “Jew” to refer both to people of the Jewish faith and to ethnic Jews, religious or not.“Hewbrew” is a common misspelling of “Hebrew.” If you’re in the habit of ignoring names when they are flagged by your spelling checker, don’t ignore this one.

jew Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties

hebrew Meaning(s)

  • (n) the ancient Canaanitic language of the Hebrews that has been revived as the official language of Israel
  • (n) a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties
  • (a) of or relating to or characteristic of the Hebrews
  • (a) of or relating to the language of the Hebrews

jew in News

  1. School discipline 101

    Some mayoral candidates are complaining that schools are suspending students too much. I’m not so sure. My father wound up a professor of mathematics, but as a child he was sent away to reform school for hitting a classmate who called him a “dirty Jew.” Compare this to three...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New York Post

  2. Frank Lautenberg, Proud Jew Who Didn't Want To Be a 'Jewish Senator'

    Frank Lautenberg, who died June 3, never shied away from his Jewish identity. But his greatest political achievements were not in issues of explicitly Jewish interest. Click here for the rest of the article...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Forward

  3. Georges Moustaki, 'Wandering Jew' Who Sang With Piaf, Recalled at Memorial

    About 100 hundred people attended the opening of an art exhibition and a concert in Paris in memory of the Jewish French singer-songwriter Georges Moustaki. Click here for the rest of the article...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Forward

hebrew in News

  1. Hebrew High School honors New Haven couple.

    Reva and Joe Fleischman of New Haven received the President’s Award from the Hebrew High School of New England (HHNE) at the school’s 2013 gala held on Wednesday evening, May... Read more »
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Jewish Ledger

  2. Hebrew University student wins award for research on safer drugs through skin applications

    ( The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ) New, more efficient drug formulations designed to treat illnesses through skin applications -- thus avoiding serious side effects associated with oral drug-taking -- have been developed by a student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The method is based on utilizing skin-permeable proteins that are inserted into nano-structured gels.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: EurekAlert!

  3. Hebrew University professor top Kaye Award winner for solution of bee colony collapse disorder

    ( The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ) Research leading towards a solution to the problem of colony collapse disorder-- a world-wide syndrome of bee disappearance inflicting losses of an estimated $35 billion annually in the US alone -- has earned a Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor first prize in this year's Kaye Awards for Innovation. The awards will be presented on June 18 during the ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: EurekAlert!

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