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U.S.-led coalition stages 41 airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq - joint command (Reuters)
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At least 1,000 Israeli Arabs protest death of Palestinian infant in deadly West Bank arson (Haaretz)
Opposition chairman Herzog visits Palestinian family wounded in arson attack (Haaretz)
President Rivlin, Peres to address gay pride events Saturday in wake of stabbing attack (Haaretz)
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Firebombs and stones thrown in Jerusalem's Old City; officer lightly wounded (Haaretz)
Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits central Iran (Reuters)
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Abbas: West Bank arson is a 'crime against humanity', vows to petition ICC (Haaretz)
Gunmen kill 1, wound 13 at Sri Lanka election campaign (AP)
IDF soldier wounded in air force base fire last month succumbs to wounds (Haaretz)
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Word of the day / Gamal גמל
Ride it or read it, the Hebrew word for that long-necked, hump-backed desert animal shares a linguistic genealogy with the English name it eventually inspired.
The third letter of the Hebrew alphabet gimel, is related to the Hebrew word gamal, the name of the animal the letter's long neck is supposed to resemble. Which animal? Replace the first letter, g, with a c, and you almost have it – the camel. The English word "camel" comes down through the alphabetical ages from the word "gimel." Not surprisingly, camels are mentioned frequently in the Bible; Rebecca "fell off" her one-humped ride when she first saw Isaac (according to a literal reading of the Hebrew in Gen. 24:64).
King Solomon also has a camel connection: The praying mantis is known in Hebrew as gamal hamelekh Shlomo - King Solomon's camel. A folktale says the name comes from the fact that the king became angry at his camel and did it the disservice of turning it into this fascinating but unsavory insect (which apparently does more preying than praying). However, considering Solomon had the power to converse with animals (I Kings 4:33), you'd think he would have used talk therapy to work through his issues.
Shoshana Kordova will resume enlightening and entertaining Word of the Day readers on October 9.