Hebrew Background

Jewish nation has its origins in the Israelites or Hebrews of the Ancient Near East, and according to the Hebrew Bible descends from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Currently the Jewish nation counts 13.5 million people, most of which live in the State of Israel. Jewish minorities reside in many countries all over the world but they share the same traditions - Judaism as the religion, Torah as the central concept, and kosher food. Most of them also experienced persecution, World War II Holocaust, anti-Semitism and suffered through concentration camps. As the Jews are scattered throughout the world, there is a huge Jewish linguistic diversity, but most Jews speak Hebrew. The State of Israel itself has 2 official languages: Hebrew and Arabic. As a part of Afro-Asiatic language family, Hebrew is a Semitic language which uses its own alphabet, written from right-to-left. Parents all over the world use Hebrew baby names for their linguistic diversity, profound etymology, and the ancestry of strong cultural heritage and Jewish tradition.