Hebrew Language Resource Pack
The Hebrew language has been around since the time of the Bible. However, from biblical times until the end of the nineteenth century, Hebrew was considered a sacred language to be used only for prayer and for the study of religious texts. With the establishment of the Zionist movement and the beginning of the aliyot (immigration), the pioneers sought to once again speak the Jewish language . The revival of Hebrew, an almost extinct language, was a unique linguistic phenomenon which happened thanks to some ideologues who insisted on reintroducing the Hebrew language into the everyday life of Jews in Israel. The revival took many years, the great challenges being to create the new words needed for modern times and to turn Hebrew into a dynamic spoken language. Modern Hebrew became one of the official languages in Israel during the period of the British Mandate and later on after the declaration of the State of Israel.
The story of the birth of modern Hebrew can be explored using some of the National Library’s most interesting documents.
Primary Source Analysis Worksheet
This worksheet can be used with any primary source in a four-step exploration activity!