Friday, July 01, 2005

Hebrew illiteracy II

Bloghead has a good post about "the dramatic drop in the number of Diaspora Jews who can speak Hebrew properly."

The truth is that Hebrew illiteracy is a major Jewish problem, religiously and culturally. In a hundred years from now if you won't know Hebrew you'll be like the Jew that didn't know Yiddish 300 years ago. While I applaud the proliferation of Torah literature in English, the truth is that if even a tenth the effort that goes into all this wonderful literature were expended to make sure that Jews spoke and understood Hebrew this looming problem could be rectified. Politics schmolitics, ignorance schmignorance. Jews need to know hebrew.

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