Resurrecting Hebrew

The stirring story of how Hebrew was transformed from a dead language to the living tongue of a modern nation, Ilan Stavans’ quest began with a dream featuring a beautiful woman speaking an unfamiliar language. The language was Hebrew, and he set out in search of the man who revived it at the end of the 19th century, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. Stavans raised important questions about the role language plays in Jewish survival, questions that explored the origins of Israel and the idea of a promised land.

Sunday, December 14, 2008