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Who Killed Hebrew?
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.
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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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