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Eliezer Ben Yehuda

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1858 - 1922

Born in Luzhki Lithuania, "the Father of Modern Hebrew" emigrated to Jerusalem in 1881. Determined to bring back Hebrew as a daily spoken language, his children became the first modern native Hebrew speakers. Ben Yehuda started a Hebrew-language newspaper and wrote a 17-volume Hebrew dictionary. In 1922, British authorities recognised Hebrew as the official language of the Jews living in Palestine as a result of his keen efforts and success.



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