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Why Hebrew is of Central Importance in Judaism
Hebrew is the sacred language of Jewish scripture and prayer and also the language of the modern Jewish state.
Shalom: Peace in Hebrew
Along with truth and justice, peace is among the most hallowed Jewish values.
The Revival of Hebrew
The Hebrew language was re-embraced by proponents of the Jewish enlightenment, then fully reborn in Palestine.
The Story of “Oy Vey”
Half Hebrew, half Aramaic, this classic lament is all Jewish.
The Hebrew Alphabet: A Mystical Journey
Jewish mystics took Judaism's reverence for the Hebrew language one step further, venerating the Hebrew letters themselves and considering them paths to the Divine.
Hebrew’s Theological Significance
According to Jewish tradition, Hebrew is the original language of humanity and the language spoken by God.
The Beginnings of the Hebrew Language
It's difficult to pinpoint the moment Hebrew emerged as a unique language.
Jewish writers chose Hebrew, not German or Russian or even Yiddish, as the language with which to build a modern literary tradition.