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Question 11.3.3:
Writing: Why are somethings written in Hebrew, and others in Aramaic?


Aramaic was the Jewish vernacular from the second Temple period until well after the closing of the Talmud (700 CE). That period includes the last remnant of the Sanhedrin in Yavneh. Thus, documents during this time are in Aramaic. According to tradition, our affiliation with Aramaic dates back to Abraham, who was a native of Aram Naharaim (note the name).

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