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Hakham Eliyahu Bashyachi wrote,

"Inasmuch, then, as our divine Torah was written in this tongue (Hebrew), every believer must study the Torah in this very tongue, and not in any other, for even though the meaning of the Torah may be well understood in other languages, He Who revealed it cannot be understood as thoroughly as in its own tongue. Moreover, the proper names in the Torah cannot be translated, and there are various metaphors in every tongue which cannot be exactly rendered into other languages...This being so, every person of the holy seed of Israel must himself study the holy tongue and must teach his children to know the language of our Torah and of the words of the Prophets in a proper and fitting manner..."

(Aderet Eliyahu, Constantinople, 1530)