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Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (Song)

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda was a Russian linguist, grammarian, and journalist who played a vital role in the revival of the Hebrew language. He is widely recognized as the main driving force behind this linguistic revival (Link to dedicated article).


"Eliezer Ben Yehuda" is a Hebrew song about Eliezer Ben Yehuda. It was written by Yaron London (famous Israeli Journalist and songwriter), composed by Mati Caspi and originally performed by Chava Alberstein. The YouTube songs are below.



The song talks about Eliezer Ben-Yehuda's efforts to revive the Hebrew language.


It mentions some words he created in his dictionaries, like "initiative" (Yozma) and "bomb" (Ptsatsa) at 1:16 in Caspi's version, or "cauliflower" (Kruvit) and "ice cream" (Glida) at 1:22.


In the last part of the song (2:12), it brings up his son Itamar, the first person to grow up in the Land of Israel speaking modern Hebrew, and his difficult "alliance" with the language.


Although the song portrays Ben-Yehuda as a "joking Jew" ("Yehudi Mevadeah" in the chorus, coming from the Hebrew word "Bdiha", meaning "joke"), Ben-Yehuda was in reality described as a stern/serious man and not a joking man.


You can hear more Israeli songs on our Spotify Playlist.


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