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ERIC Number: ED363114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Hebrew as a Binding Force.
Fischler, Ben-Zion
Ariel, n81 p84-89 1990
The role of the Hebrew language as a cohesive force and the history of modern Hebrew instruction are chronicled. It is proposed that despite the scattering of its speakers and periods of use only as a literary or business language, Hebrew has been a binding force for the Jewish people. It was with considerable struggle that Hebrew gained recognition in the early years of this century, preceding establishment of the Jewish state. In the first years of the state of Israel, the influx of settlers from many parts of the world, speaking many languages, made necessary more systematic Hebrew language instruction. The first "ulpan," Hebrew class for adults, was founded in 1949. The ulpan centers offered food and lodging facilities, which encouraged their use and supported acculturation. Immigrant children often learned Hebrew for the first time at school, and passed it on to their non-Hebrew-speaking parents. The army was also instrumental in promoting Hebrew learning and use. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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