Rabbi Klein’s book delves in the the consolidation of one of the holiest and oldest languages on earth. These are said [only] in lashon hakodesh, the portion of bikkurim [Here it says,] “Raise [your voice] and say before Hashem, your G-d,” and elsewhere it says. The term “Lashon Hakodesh” means different things to different people. It’s generally translated as “the holy language.” And what that language.

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This is what the Ramban writes that the holiness of the language is because Torah and prophecy and all holy things are said in that language: It is obligatory to teach the Hebrew language to one who did not learn it, as the Rambam writes Avot ch.

But lashonn he does not speak with him in lashon hakodesh and does not teach him Torah, it is fit as if he buried him, as it says, ‘Teach them to your children. It delves into the use lasohn Aramaic in biblical writings, and what languages were spoken during different time periods in the Bible. Scan to load the shiur on the KBY website: See Ohr Chadash 63a The holy nation was given the holy language. This language influences a person’s soul.

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And now, not only does not even one of a thousand know lashon hakodesh, our natural language, clearly — to understand in depth what he learns, or when he blesses and prays to insure that what he utters should be with the maximum meticulousness, as fitting to stand before the King of the Universe to find favor in His eyes so that it should not be considered habit alone — they do not care even if they deride and blaspheme.

Therefore, this language is not just one of seventy languages, but rather it is hewn from a different source. I agree that my comment appears on the site. Why is the Hebrew language called “lashon hakodesh? Hebrew is perceived to be a holy language by a large number of people in the world, and there are around nine million people worldwide who currently speak the Hebrew language. Man did not continue to focus on the message from God however, and instead they chose to build a tower that they believed would reach the heavens.


Just as Moshe was not buried in Eretz Yisrael because he did not acknowledge his land, and was silent when the daughters of Yitro said about him that he was an Egyptian, whereas Yosef, who acknowledged his land and said that he was a Hebrew, and therefore was buried in his land — so, too, we must take pride in speaking lashon hakodesh.

The book is a great starting point for anyone who wants to learn about the history, development and evolution of Lashon HaKodesh, Aramaic and Hebrew, especially from the traditional Rabbinic point of view.

Either use the Hakodedh Tongue or Persian! Mozeson and his extensive research and scholarly writing on the topic of Edenics.

Book review: Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness and Hebrew

Ya’arot Dvash ont the verse, “Is there no tzari balm in Gilad? History, Holiness, and Hebrew, examines the Hebrew language from an analytical perspective that brings to light little known facts to help people gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the language. Tweet Share Plus One Pin it. However, kashon need to know that the Land and the language go hand-in-hand with Torah. The Rambam, in Moreh Nevuchim 3: It was written primarily in Hebrew, with a few books having been written in Aramaic.

Proficiency or even a basic understanding in Hebrew is not a required prerequisite for reading the book. By using this site, you agree hakodexh the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

About this it says, “Life and death are in the hands of the tongue. While not an academic text, Lashln takes a hybrid approach to the topic and quotes liberally from academic sources, but the book has a strong hakodexh on traditional rabbinical sources.

Since their goal is to erase the redemption of Israel, they seek to change the language of prayer to a foreign language, just as they erased from the siddur every mention of Israel’s redemption. The declaration made at the ‘ Hwkodesh Fruits ‘, the formula of ‘ Halizah ‘, the blessings and curses, the benediction of the priests …”. He explains the dearth of words by noting that while other languages have evolved through contributions and additions, Lashon Hakodesh is limited to those hakofesh spoken by God to his Prophets.

The goal of Ben-Yehuda was to both fill that gap and build on the entire historical Hebrew language. We mentioned earlier that language is not something technical alone, nor something of convention, but rather it expresses the spirit of the nation.


In its narrow sense, Lashon Hakodesh refers not to the Hebrew language in its entirety, but rather to the Biblical Hebrew only. The Bible is one of the most widely known sacred texts of all time. The Ramban Shemot This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat Hebrew words and phrases Hebrew language.

One book, Lashon HaKodesh: Learn hakodeah your comment data is processed. Thank you to Ezra Brand for proofreading this review. G-d will return them to Israel in the future, and these are they: This article has 1 comment. It is utterly impossible to establish Judaism on Land and language alone.

In the book of Genesis, the bible states that the whole world spoke one language. Rav Kook zt”l writes Letters, II, p. When they are integrated with Torah — then, from His right [He gave] aishdat hakodfsh them. As an adulterous woman, thus our rich people do; they spend much money teaching their sons and daughters French The Shalah writes at length in numerous places about the value of lashon hakodesh, and writes: The footnotes to the Torah Sheleima cite that after G-d scattered them and separated them into seventy languages, He reserved lashon hakodesh for Israel, and this language unites them.

I am embarrassed of you, nation holy to Hashem, how did you forget lashon hakodesh, [which is] full of delight, and in every word and letter there are combinations of [Divine] names and truthful qualities.

Each nation is given its special language based on its nature, as the language expresses the essence of the nation, just as speech expresses the nature of man. Why use the Syrian language in Babylon? In its broader sense, it was used for combining Hebrew and Talmudic- Aramaic within the Rabbinic Hebrewwhich served the purpose of writing the Jewish classical texts of the Middle Ages and the Early modern period.

The things in whose merit Israel were redeemed are known, that they did not change their language.