Non­fic­tion

Hebrew Roots, Jew­ish Routes: A Trib­al Lan­guage in a Glob­al World

  • From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

Hebrew Roots, Jew­ish Routes address­es the many ways engage­ment with Hebrew enrich­es Jew­ish­ness — cul­tur­al­ly, reli­gious­ly, eth­ni­cal­ly. Whether you know Hebrew or not, lin­guist and cul­tur­al anthro­pol­o­gist Jere­my Ben­stein takes us on a delight­ful jour­ney into the deep­er sig­nif­i­cance of Hebrew in the life of Jews and Judaism. Since flu­en­cy is such a dis­tant goal for so many, Ben­stein shows us anoth­er approach: engag­ing with Hebrew by focus­ing on the three-let­ter Hebrew roots that are the build­ing blocks of the lan­guage, see­ing these nuggets of knowl­edge — as a vehi­cle to enrich­ing our con­nec­tion to Judaism and its values.

With many exam­ples through­out the book, and in nine­teen inno­v­a­tive Word­shops”, Ben­stein shows us both why and how to con­nect to this under­ap­pre­ci­at­ed trea­sure of ours. Like Jews and Judaism, Hebrew is both ancient and renew­ing, holy and dai­ly, trib­al and glob­al. So more than just a book about a lan­guage, this is a book about the Jew­ish peo­ple and the chal­lenges we face as seen through our shared lan­guage, Hebrew.”

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