What We Talk about When We Talk about Hebrew (and What It Means to Americans)
The volume features a diverse group of distinguished contributors, including Sarah Bunin Benor, Dara Horn, Adriana Jacobs, Alan Mintz, Hannah Pressman, Adam Rovner, Ilan Stavans, Michael Weingrad, Robert Whitehill-Bashan, and Wendy Zierler. With lively personal insights, their essays give fellow Americans a glimpse into the richness of an exceptional language.
Celebrating the vitality of modern Hebrew, this book addresses the challenges and joys of being a Hebraist in America in the twenty-first century. Together these essays explore ways to rekindle an interest in Hebrew studies, focusing not just on what Hebrew means—as a global phenomenon and long-lived tradition—but on what it can mean to Americans.
About the Authors
"Makes a significant contribution to understanding the gap between the enthusiasm of what the editors call 'Hebraists by choice' and the apathy of most American Jews to Hebrew. A greater understanding of this phenomenon can shed new light on the study of modern Jewish culture, the relationship between language and culture, and the role of the humanities in contemporary society."—David C. Jacobson, professor of Judaic Studies, Brown University
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