Keeping Hebrew Israel’s living language

Preserving Hebrew language in today’s climate of globalization, Americanization is not as easy as one may think
Anav Silverman, Tazpit

Israel recently celebrated the 155th birthday of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, considered by many the father of modern day Hebrew.

Google Israel honored Ben Yehuda by creating a special Google “doodle” in memory of the man, who believed that the “Hebrew language can live only if we revive the nation and return it to its fatherland.”

Born into a family of Chabad Hasidim in Lithuania in 1858, Ben Yehuda went on to study at the Sorbonne in Paris and moved to Jerusalem in 1881, where he worked as a teacher, journalist, newspaper publisher, lexicographer, and a coiner for Hebrew words, for which he is most well-known.

Ben Yehuda invented hundreds of Hebrew words including the words for doll, bicycle, towel, ice cream, and dictionary – “milon.” He also compiled the first modern-Hebrew dictionary.

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