The Arabic word for pilgrimage is حج (hahj).
The Hebrew word for holiday – particularly that which involves a pilgrimage to Jerusalem (Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot) – is חַג (hahg).
Arabic and Hebrew are very closely related languages. You can see the common concept in these two nearly-identical words. At some point, they split off, with Hebrew expanding the concept of the word חג to mean any holiday or celebration.
There’s also the Hebrew verb for to celebrate – לַחְגּוֹג (lahkh-GOHG).
Since Sukkot is about to come in, I wish everyone a חַג שָׂמֵח! (hahg sah-MEH-ahkh)
And in case you missed the early registration deadline for our courses starting right after the חגים (holidays), check out today’s Jerusalem Post…