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The Hebrew Language as a Unifying Factor for the Jewish People

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Publication Date: January 1989

Publisher(s): Jewish Agency for Israel; Jewish Agency for Israel

Author(s): Moshe Chen

Series: Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism and Israel, vol.62, Winter/Spring 1989.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

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

Keywords: Identity Formation; Zionism; Hebrew; Jewish identification

Type: Brief


The author reviews the unique role of the Hebrew language in Jewish identity and history. He contends that the Hebrew language must be propagated and revived in the Diaspora, and that the language must not be taught in isolation from its traditional Jewish source materials.