The contradictions and competing views of modern Israel are the subject of this book.
Babel in Zion
This research follows the history of the Acco Festival for Other Israeli Theatre from , chronicling it as a site of celebration as well as confrontation. During the early to mid-twentieth century, the Zionist Organization secured a series of political victories on the international stage, leading to the foundation of a Jewish state and to its ability to expand its territorial control within Palestine. By comparing diplomatic statements at the United Nations and elsewhere against the historical record, this book sheds new light on the legacies of such leaders as Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, Abba Eban, and Shabtai Rosenne.
Numerous sociological and economic studies have appeared, but no book-length study has ever addressed the tremendous range of critically imaginative portrayals of the kibbutz.
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Oxford Academic. Google Scholar. What did it mean to build a country in a language that almost no one spoke, a language that would replace even the Jewish languages spoken in Europe for centuries? It was audacious.
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And it was largely successful, albeit with a fight. Small wonder that the scholar of Kabbalah and an ardent Zionist, Gershom Scholem, back in , famously bewailed the cultural-political struggle to make Hebrew the language of Israel: "This country is a volcano!
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It harbors the language! Liora Halperin's Babel in Zion is, as far as I know, the first book-length study to view the development of Zionism and nationalism exclusively through the lens of the fierce debates over language in the years between the British Mandate and the creation of the state But it is also much more than that. With painstaking use of archival data and careful historical analysis, it opens at a fascinating moment in time when the Jewish world was in flux, when ideology reigned supreme and when the future seemed bleak and bright at the same time.
The Jews were returning to their ancestral homeland as they were being decimated in European countries where they had lived for more than a millennium. In those ominous and exhilarating days, the new met the old in a clash in which passion and volume were almost biblical. Buried in this cacophony was a deep irony. The revival of Hebrew was a source of pride for many secular European Jews who had abandoned "the holy tongue" and believed strongly that an authentic modern Jewish culture required a new language that represented a spirit that was simultaneously authentic and revolutionary, toxic and ecstatic.