Ezra 5:2
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2  Thereupon Zerubavel son of Shealtiel and Yeshua son of Yotzadak began rebuilding the House of Hashem in Yerushalayim, with the full support of the Neviim of Hashem.

bay-DA-yin KA-mu z’-ru-ba-VEL bar sh’-al-tee-AYL v’-yay-SHU-a bar yo-tza-DAK v’-sha-REEV l’-miv-NAY BAYT e-la-HA DEE vee-ru-sh’-LEM v’-i-m’-HON n’-vi-ya-YA dee e-la-HA m’-sa-a-DEEN l’-HON

ב  בֵּאדַיִן קָמוּ זְרֻבָּבֶל בַּר־שְׁאַלְתִּיאֵל וְיֵשׁוּעַ בַּר־יוֹצָדָק וְשָׁרִיו לְמִבְנֵא בֵּית אֱלָהָא דִּי בִירוּשְׁלֶם וְעִמְּהוֹן נביאיא [נְבִיַּיָּא] דִי־אֱלָהָא מְסָעֲדִין לְהוֹן׃

 5:2   With the full support of the Neviim of Hashem

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (1858-1922)

Starting with chapter 4, verse 8, the language of Sefer Ezra switches from Hebrew to Aramaic. However, the Neviim of the time, Chagai, Zecharya and Malachi, address the nation exclusively in Hebrew. The Jewish people have been exiled to every corner of the world and, in the process, have learned many different languages. This is as true in the modern Diaspora as it was during the Babylonian and Persian eras. And yet, with the minor exceptions of the Aramaic sections of Daniel and Ezra, the Tanakh was written entirely in Hebrew. Although the Jews spoke other languages, Hebrew remained their essential language. Even if they did not speak it for everyday matter, it continued to be the language used for prayer and study, connecting to Hashem.. The fact that Hebrew is again the vibrant and dynamic language of communication in contemporary Israel should not be underestimated. The revival of Hebrew as a spoken language in the 19th century, due largely to the efforts of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, is as miraculous as the survival of the Hebrew people themselves. As Shimon Peres, former president of Israel, pointed out, “None in the Middle East speak their original language, except for Israel.”

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