How did Hebrew become an everyday language?

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Hebrew is an old-new language. Over its three-thousand-year history, it has spawned a great number of works, including the Old Testament and the Talmud. However, there is no evidence that Hebrew remained an everyday language in Palestine after the 2nd century AD. About a hundred years ago, it once again became a mother tongue, a process unheard of in history. Prof. Tsvia Walden, a psycholinguist at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel, will tell us how and why the ancient biblical language became the language of the emerging State of Israel and the Zionist movement that fought for its creation.

The lecture is organized within the Global Education Outreach Program.

The lecture was made possible thanks to the support of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland. 


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