Hebrew is a vibrant language spoken in Israel and by Jews around the world. It was revived as a spoken mother-tongue language at the end of the nineteenth century, and it has continued to evolve and change quickly since then. Hebrew is a central language for anyone interested in Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, or Religious Studies, as it opens windows to Jewish tradition, Jewish culture, the field of Jewish Studies, and the language of the Bible. Hebrew is the language of Israel, one of the world’s fastest-growing high-tech economies and of constant importance on the world stage. Knowledge of Hebrew therefore opens prospects to careers in politics, journalism, Jewish education, Jewish community services, business, international relations, and international law.
Hear from a current UW-Madison student about their experience learning Hebrew: