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Benjamin Harshav

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520079588

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520079588.001.0001

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Rachel Katznelson

Rachel Katznelson

(p.183) Rachel Katznelson
Language in Time of Revolution

Benjamin Harshav

University of California Press

Eretz-Israel resonates with the Hebrew language, and the Bible comes to life when one reads it here, but the distance between spiritual life and the spiritual life invested in Hebrew by previous generations is immense. The essential thing was that, even though Yiddish is a living language, the language of the people and of democracy, there is a trend of thought, which was revolutionary, that expresses itself in Hebrew; whereas Yiddish literature is ruled by narrow-mindedness, mostly inert and reactionary in our eyes and, at best, only a weak echo of what was revealed in Hebrew. The expression of revolutionary thought is simple, like the style of scientific formulas. Such is the expression of ethical imperatives, emerging from the most original thought that is most opposed to all the ways of life.

Keywords:   Eretz-Israel, Hebrew, language, Bible, Yiddish, democracy, literature

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