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Sunday, April 15 • 9:30am - 10:30am
From Mameh-Loshn to S'fat Em: The Untold (Yiddish) Story of the Revival of Spoken Hebrew

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As remarkable as the story of the establishment of the modern State of Israel is, in one respect the Zionist revolution was totally unique and unprecedented: the revival of a language that for all of it's vitality, had not been used as a day-to-day, spoken vernacular in almost two thousand years. Such linguistic revivals have been attempted elsewhere (Ireland, for example), but without much success. What was the secret to Hebrew's success? Hint: It has much more to do with Yiddish, and less with Eliezer Ben-Yehudah, than you might think!

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Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin has been the rabbi at Beth Tikvah Congregation in Richmond, BC since the summer of 2017. Rabbi Rubin received his doctorate in modern Jewish studies from UCLA, and was a member of the faculty at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles for over ten years, publishing a number... Read More →

Sunday April 15, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am PDT
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