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Babel in ZionJews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948$
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Liora R. Halperin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197488

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197488.001.0001

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Hebrew Education between East and West

Hebrew Education between East and West

Foreign-Language Instruction in Zionist Schools

(p.181) Chapter Five Hebrew Education between East and West
Babel in Zion

Liora R. Halperin

Yale University Press

This chapter addresses the space widely considered as the sanctum of the monolingual Hebrew society in Palestine (the Hebrew educational system) and explores justifications for the teaching of both Arabic and English to children on several levels. It highlights reflections of two educators—Hayim Yehuda (Leon) Roth and Shlomo Dov Goitein—to clarify the symbolic force of Arabic and English. It reveals that the sanctum of Hebrew education became a setting for a self-consciously Hebrew society. The aim here is to understand the limits of a monolingual ideology in an interrelated world and to reflect on the nature of its connection to its cultural and linguistic others.

Keywords:   monolingual ideology, Hebrew society, Hebrew education, Arabic, English, Hayim Yehuda (Leon) Roth, Shlomo Dov Goitein

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