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19 November 2017 - 2 Kislev 5778 - ב' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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A Hebrew lecturer from Indonesia E-mail

Indonesia may not have diplomatic relations with Israel, but in a wellknown state university in Jakarta, one Muslim woman teaches Hebrew language.

Her posture looks like average Indonesian women, slim and tiny sweet lady. When we met for this interview, she wore pale brown hijab to cover her head. Because of her hijab, I know she is Muslim. Awesome! Total surprise! I never thought I would meet with a Muslim lecturer who teaches Hebrew in the capital of Indonesia.

Indonesia is the largest muslim country in the world. For many Indonesians they only know the word “Jewish” from The Holy Quran or in the Bible. The Indonesian government only recognises six religions. They are Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confusius.

That is why I was surprised when I met Wiwin Triwinarti, Hebrew lecturer in Centre of Islamic Studies at University Indonesia (UI) in Jakarta, which is the most well-known state university in the country. Wiwin has been teaching Hebrew for 12 years. She learned and studied Hebrew in UI.

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