Modern Hebrew - The Past and Future of a Revitalized
Dr. Norman Berdichevsky
interviewed on his book Modern Hebrew - The Past and
Future of a Revitalized Language
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9492-7 McFarland Publishing,
ca. 25 photos, notes,
softcover (6 x 9) 2014.
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Ben-Yehuda's vision of a modern Hebrew eventually
came to animate a large part of the Jewish world,
and gave new confidence and pride to Jewish youth
during the most difficult period of modern history,
and infusing Zionism with a dynamic cultural
content. This book examines the many changes that
occurred in the transition to Modern Hebrew,
acquainting new students of the language with its
role as a model for other national revivals, and
explaining how it overcame many obstacles to become
a spoken vernacular. It deals primarily with the
social and political use of the language and does
not cover literature. Also discussed are the
dilemmas facing the language arising from the fact
that Israelis and Jews in the Diaspora "don't speak
the same language," while Israeli Arabs and Jews do.
Philologos" the Jewish Daily Forward November
29, 2014....A newly published book, Norman
Berdichevsky's "Modern Hebrew: The Past and Future
of a Revitalized Language," is an excellent survey
of its subject. In just 200 pages, Berdichevsky
manages to touch succinctly but informatively on
nearly every aspect of Zionism's successful revival
of Hebrew as the spoken language it had not been for
two millennia.....a feat unparalleled in human
About the Author
Norman Berdichevsky is a professional
translator, freelance writer and lecturer of history
and culture for several major cruise lines. Formerly
a lecturer of Judaic studies at the University of
Central Florida, he is the author of several books
and lives in Orlando, Florida.
Contents by Chapter
Hebrew in Popular American Culture and
The Magnificent Heritage of Hebrew
Modern Hebrew's Inspirational Example for Minor
The Three Thousand year Old Treasury
How Hebrew became a Modern Language
Do the Israelis Speak Hebrew or Israeli?
The Worldwide Rivalry with Yiddish
Negation of the Golah and Hebraic Identity of a
Baltic Rebirth and Zionist Staging Ground for a
The First Modern Hebrew Textbooks set in
The Soviet Persecution of Hebrew
Arab-Israeli Use of Hebrew
From Jewish State Towards a Hebrew Republic?
Slang and Profanity in Spoken Hebrew
The Current Assault on Hebrew at Home
Outlook for Hebrew Education in the U.S.A. and
the U.K. (Charter schools)
The Left is Seldom Right
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A challenging and provocative look at the history of "right wing" vs. "left wing" political movements and personalities. Dr. Berdichevsky shatters the ideological prism those terms impose. This book will change the way you view the political world, forever. -Rebecca Bynum, author of Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
Norman Berdichevsky peels away the superficial layers of Left and Right, digs deep into history, unearths the complex political realities masked by a Good guys-Bad guys dichotomy devised by the Left for its own self-glorification, and brings to light the moral imperative. - Nidra Poller, novelist and journalist, an American in Paris
In his "twenty-five case studies of crises, wars, alliances, conflicts, personalities and elections" Norman Berdichevsky clarifies the confusing history of Left-Right terminologies. He illustrates why a single dimension is insufficient to understand the differences and the unlikely alignments of supposed political opposites. Be prepared to be enlightened, surprised and entertained as Dr. Berdichevsky lays bare the history behind the history you thought you knew proving that politics makes for strange bedfellows indeed. - Baron Bodissey (Gates of Vienna)
The malcontents gnawing at the fabric of western society thought they found a safe place hiding under the misnomer of "progressives". And then came the savvy Norman Berdichevsky! - Judi McLeod, editor Canada Free Press
It is the darkest times that most anxiously call for light. In a world of lies, the light we hold to is truth. Norman Berdichevsky's work represents a courageous truth. Truth about the world we live in and those who would destroy it. To stand up to lies in a world of them requires courage, and to tell the truth requires even more. - Daniel Greenfield (Sultan Knish)
"Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." - William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
Although no older than the French Revolution, the political terms "Right" and" Left" have become banal and stale cliches which are often misleading guides that offer no clear indication about intentions, motivations and conflicting policy choices of political personalities and parties under changing circumstances. Both partisan political hacks and educated citizens who should know better use them as synonyms for the good guys and bad guys. Jonah Goldberg's bestselling book "Liberal Fascism" shocked many readers who could not imagine how the two terms could be grouped together rather than stand as polar opposites.
The purpose of this book is threefold:
1. To further document cases in both the United States and abroad that verify Goldberg's thesis that a considerable segment of the American public is misled by the use of the terms "RIGHT vs. LEFT", which are cliche ridden, and often erroneous in their presentation of the most essential relevant facts and the conclusions drawn.
2. To demonstrate that it is primarily the Political Left that has a vested interest in the continued use of this terminology due to the considerable inroads made by the liberal media on public opinion. Many 'political pundits' have drawn on the prestige of major writers and Hollywood 'celebrities' whose work was shaped by a critical view of American culture as the epitome of alienation, hypocrisy and crass materialism in modern society. Their assumptions are that other cultures and societies are more authentic, 'holistic', integral and devoted to a sense of solidarity and community. These views have been reinforced in popular culture, especially in film and popular song as part of the counter-culture that arose in the late 1950s.
3. To show that anti-Semitism was not inherently a part of many nationalist "Right-wing" movements and that it is generated today overwhelmingly from the Far Left under the encouragement of the wealth and power of militant Islam.
It consists of 25 case studies of major domestic and international crises, wars, alliances, conflicts, issues, and elections that have been the subject of considerable media opinion and comment and most often by the use of the Left-Right terminology.