Hint: It has nothing to do with coffee
Hebrew is an old language – in fact, it's at least 3000 years old1!
According to The Guinness Book of World Records, the book with the most copies in the world – possibly 5 billion copies- is the Bible2, translated into countless languages from… you guessed it, Hebrew!
For a long time, Hebrew was not a spoken language. People still studied it – and many, many (particularly Jewish) books were written in it. Then, about 140 years ago, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda3 raised the idea of reviving Hebrew – bringing it back to daily use.
Think about a language that hasn't been used for hundreds of years – so many things have changed in the world and so many new things have been discovered that you need new words.
Eliezer Ben-Yehuda created words for things like corn, which was unknown at the time of the bible, and electricity - which didn't exist yet.
Today, Hebrew is the main language used in Israel – and there are more than 9 million people who speak Hebrew4!
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