Who Killed Hebrew?

By Jerome A. Chanes

August 2007

Hebrew flourished in America from the 1930s to the 1960s, but has since declined. The inherent weakness of Zionism in America was surely a factor. Additionally, the flowering of Jewish studies, virtually unknown until the 1970s, in a counterintuitive way diminished the importance of Hebrew, as Hebrew—especially Hebrew literature—became just another academic sub-specialty. Hebrew was also a casualty of increasing denominationalism. The author calls for a broad communal response, with coordinated programs in and on Hebrew.

Topic: Language, Culture, Hebrew, Change, Judaic Studies, Jewish Studies

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Chanes, Jerome A. Who Killed Hebrew?. August 2007: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13780


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