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Why Hebrew is Fundamental to Jewish Education: Linguistics and Longevity: The Interdependence of Language, Heritage, and Nationalism

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Publication Date: December 1998

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Alvin I. Schiff

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 75-2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Culture and religion (Language and languages)

Keywords: History; Jewish Identification; Academic Research

Type: Report


The Hebrew language serves both as a unique expression of the Jewish heritage and a key instrument of the survival of the Jewish people. The mystique of Hebrew lies in its uniformity and constancy despite being spoken by Jews throughout the world and its multifaceted character—its use in the synagogue, the home, the arts, business, and in everyday life.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.75 no.2, Winter 1998.