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Genre: I’ll take Historical Fiction for 100, Alex
WORDS OF LOVE
Hemda mourned when her sister succumbed to consumption, but how could she honor Devorah’s final wish to go to Jerusalem to marry her grieving widower, Eliezer the heretic?
“Israel,” he insisted, “must have one language.”
The rabbis seethed. “One uses the holy tongue for prayer—not idle chitchat.”
Nonetheless, Hemda dedicated herself to her husband as, side-by-side, they activated the wheels of change. Together they developed a modern Hebrew dictionary.
Her heart swelled when 30,000 attending his funeral proclaimed him a national hero.
British historian Cecil Roth later wrote: “Before Eliezer Ben-Yehuda Jews could speak Hebrew; after him they did.”