Monday, May 25, 2015

The Iniquities of Ammon and Moab

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Biblical Hebrew and the Video

Rabbi Doniel Baron (from Aish.com) offers a favorable review of my book Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2014). Rabbi Baron writes in his essay entitled "Biblical Hebrew: A Story of Survival":
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?
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.”
Click here to read the full article. Rabbi Baron adds many more interesting facts about Lashon HaKodesh and language in general.

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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.



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.

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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)

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