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Not only the language of the Jews (though over the centuries Jews have spoken nearly every other language, and developed other Jewish languages, too - Yiddish, Ladino, and more), Hebrew is also a synonym for Jew, though that's less a common usage in America than it once was. Hebrew is part of our very essence - Abraham was the first Hebrew.
Hebrew - the language of business?
Even as Jews spoke other languages in the lands of the Diaspora, the prayers
of all Jews were - until very recently - always in
Hebrew. Jews writing to Jews in other countries would write in Hebrew,
whether for rabbinic or mercantile correspondence. This had practical
implications in the development of halacha, because local rabbis who
faced difficult halachic questions could write to rabbinic authorities in other
lands. And they in turn could consult the responsa of the rabbinic
decisors who had come before them in various times and places - all because of
the common use of Hebrew.
Modern Hebrew was revived as a language through the legendary efforts of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and those who followed him in adding new words for modern things and concepts. If you know modern Hebrew as spoken in Israel today, you can read the Bible in Hebrew, with less difficulty than a modern English reader has with Shakespeare. It's very much the same language, just modernized. Well, the grammar is a bit changed, so you'll note below that there are separate books on Biblical and modern Hebrew grammar. But really, it's the same language, and certainly Biblical and modern Hebrew are a lot closer than, say English of today with whatever people spoke in the British Isles 2000 years ago!
Here are computer programs and other goodies to help you learn Hebrew, type in Hebrew, translate from Hebrew to English, scan Hebrew text using OCR, and even Hebrew stickers for your keyboard. Some are available from Amazon, and we bring you others from our affiliate jewishsoftware.com.
Here are books on Hebrew for scholars (especially Biblical Hebrew), Hebrew dictionaries, books on the mystical significance of the Hebrew letters, books for children to learn Hebrew, books for adults doing the same, books on Hebrew calligraphy, Hebrew grammar, Hebrew as a source for English, and even Hebrew names for young-Hebrews-to-be.
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