by Sharon Katz, list owner
WANTED: Hebrew-English, English-Hebrew Dictionary by Reuben AlcalayEdit
Hi. We're looking to purchase R. Alcalay's English-Hebrew, Hebrew-English Dictionary ; it comes in two or three volumes. We'd prefer the latest edition, but anything post 1995 will be considered. Please call 02-653-6322 before 11:00, or email email@example.com .Edit
Thanks very much.Edit
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