In his recent book “ Lashon Hakodesh : History, Holiness and Hebrew” (Mosaica Press 2014) Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein affords Lashon Hakodeshthe attention it deserves. Of particular importance is Rabbi Klein’s use of the academic method to provide an impressive survey of rabbinical commentary throughout the ages.The book addresses some basic and important questions concerning the language. Did Adam speak Lashon Hakodesh? What about our forefather Abraham? Did the letters of Lashon Hakodesh appear the same way throughout the centuries? How did the rabbis resolve Talmudic sources referring to the Ashuri script (which we use today) as the original with sources which indicate that the Ivri script (found in many archaeology sites and depicted on the State of Israel’s one shekel coin) came first?Click here to read the full article. Rabbi Baron adds many more interesting facts about Lashon HaKodesh and language in general.
The book also addresses the question of what distinguishes Lashon Hakodeshfrom other languages. Rabbi Klein cites prominent sources concerning the essential rather than arbitrary nature of the language as discussed above. He similarly provides a synopsis of the main interpretations as to why the language is called “holy.”
Check out this video that presents many of the many questions discussed in my book Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2014). It was prepared by Judaica Place to promote sales of my book for at their store.