Word of the Day Litef: Passepartout Was the First Man to Pet in Hebrew

When translating Jules Verne’s 'Around the World in Eighty Days,’ Eliezer Ben Yehuda had to get creative with the words he used, and so the Hebrew word for petting was born.

As Hebrew was awakening from its long slumber at the end of the 19th century, the growing crowd of Hebrew book lovers required more...