Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lashon HaKodesh in Spanish!

The Jewish Diary (Diario Judio), the most popular Jewish website in Spanish, has recently published a review of my book Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2014). This glowing review, written by Daniel Ajzen, compares and contrasts my book with that of a professor who wrote on the same subject, ultimately recommending my book for its striking truthfulness.
An English translation of this book review is available through Google Translate. You can purchase the book through them or on Amazon.com.

The following is a book review written by Ruth Judah about my book Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2014). It was published in the Feb. 26, 2015 edition of the newspaper Jewish Home LA. It is also available on academia.edu and on Jewish Home LA's website.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lashon HaKodesh around the web

Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2014) by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

As you might know, I have recently published my first book Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2014). Several bloggers and journalists have already read my book and have posted positive reviews.
For example, Ben Rothke, over at the Times of Israel writes:
In Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness & Hebrew (Mosaica Press ISBN-10: 1937887367ISBN-13: 978-1937887360), author Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein takes a historical and linguistic look at Lashon Hakodesh and its derived languages. The title conveys the message that Lashon Hakodesh and Hebrew are two different languages. In fact, the author dedicates a chapter showing that Modern Hebrew, while connected to Lashon Hakodesh, is clearly not identical to the elemental Lashon Hakodesh language.
The book is a fascinating and engaging reference to the topic. For the traditional reader who wants to know the origins of the Divine language they are using for sacred purposes, the book will likely answer most of their questions. For the reader who simply wants to know the history and development of ancient Hebrew and Aramaic, the book will also be extremely rewarding.
Batya Medad of me-ander writes:
Rabbi Klein has put together an amazingly deep, well-researched book about Hebrew.
Chaviva Gordon-Bennett, also known as the Kvetching Editor, writes:
I can't wait to explore this more. I have to hand it to Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein for the intense and through footnotes and diversity of sources he has to offer on this topic (and others throughout the book, of course). My brain sparks are flying off in dozens of directions with every page turn.
And last, but not least, we hear from the expert in Hebrew himself, David Curwin, the Balashon, who writes:
A book of this nature, in English, is long overdue for the traditional Orthodox reader. I hope it inspires more interest in the history of the Hebrew language.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NEW BOOK- Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2014)

Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2014)
I am proud to announce the publication of my first book "Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew" (Mosaica Press, 2014).
Hardcover: 289 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937887367
ISBN-13: 978-1937887360

Throughout Jewish literature, the Hebrew language is referred to as Lashon HaKodesh. Its history, origins, decline, and rebirth are simply fascinating. Furthermore, at its deepest level, Lashon HaKodesh is called such (“the Holy Language”) because it is intrinsically sacred – and is thus unlike any other language known to Man.

Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew seeks to understand the holiness of Lashon HaKodesh, follows its history, and focuses on the significance of Aramaic and other ‘Jewish languages’ such as Yiddish and Ladino. An extended section is devoted to Modern Hebrew, its controversies, and its implications from a religious perspective. This unique work delves into the linguistic history of each ‘Jewish language’, as well as the philological, Kabbalistic, and Halachic approaches to this topic taken by various Rabbinic figures through the ages. The author also compares and contrasts traditional Jewish views to those of modern-day academia, offering proofs and difficulties to both approaches.

As the old saying goes, “Two Jews, three opinions.” In almost every chapter, more than one way of looking at the matter at hand is presented. In some cases, the differing opinions can be harmonized, but ultimately many matters remain subject to dispute. Hopefully, the mere knowledge of these sources will whet the reader’s intellectual curiosity to learn more.
Written by a brilliant young scholar, Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew is ground-breaking, intriguing, and remarkable.

This book is available for purchase in Jewish bookstores in America and Israel and online at the following websites:

...has done a great service to us in his work on the Hebrew language, its origins, and inherent holiness. It is the only language of the ancient past that has survived, revived itself, and is in use by millions of people in today's world. This relatively short work is full of information, tradition, and insights. The history of Hebrew is a microcosm of the history of the story of the Jewish people itself. It is a work to be studied, appreciated, and read by all those who truly wish to understand Torah, holiness, and Jewish survival. --Rabbi Berel Wein (Jewish Destiny Foundation, founder)

...provides a very thorough and intriguing account of the language that secular scholars and laypeople generally call Hebrew as it is presented by Rabbinic scholars in the vast Jewish religious literature from the Talmud up to the present day... a major resource for all who wish to understand traditional Jewish scholarly approaches to Jewish linguistics. --Dr. Bernard Spolsky (Bar Ilan University, professor emeritus)

...I commend the author on this enlightening presentation and recommend this work to all those who want to enrich their understanding of the importance and implications of our holy language... --Rabbi Zev Leff (Moshav Matityahu, Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva)

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Wives of Esau

This paper discusses various Medieval approaches to reconciling the apparent contradiction in the names of Esau's wives as given in the book of Genesis. It explores the merits and disadvantages of each approach and concludes with a succinct summary.

This paper was printed as R.C. Klein, "The Wives of Esau", Jewish Bible Quarterly, Vol. 42:4 (Jerusalem, Jewish Bible Association, 2014).

Keywords: Esau, wives, Oholibaham, Basemah, Bible, contradiction, Talmud, Radak, Rashi, Sefer HaYashar, Rashbam, Ibn Ezra, Midrash, bastard, polygamy, Zibeon, Josephus

This article is also available at several other locations:
Jewish Bible Quarterly Online Archive

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Articles in Kovetz Hamaor

(שער בלאט לקובץ המאור גליון תצ"ד (סיון-תמוז תשע"ד

I have recently had the chance to upload facsimiles of some of my recent articles printed in the rabbinic bi-monthly journal, Kovetz Hamaor  and I would like to share the links to these articles with my readers. They are all written in Rabbinic Hebrew.

Here we go:

    The English cover page of the Rabbinical bimonthly journal Hamaor Issue 459 (June-July 2014)

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