Transformations: Extrinsic and Intrinsic

Benjamin Harshav

in Language in Time of Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1993 | ISBN: 9780520079588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912960 | DOI:
Transformations: Extrinsic and Intrinsic

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A new secular culture emerged in the internal domain of Jews, giving rise to a rich and variegated literature written in Yiddish and Hebrew. Hand in hand with this new literature, a rainbow of ideological and social movements showed a vigorous life among the Jews, and gave ideological and cultural momentum to a whole generation and their children, until it disappeared; one branch of this trend survived and culminated in the stunning creation of a new, Hebrew society, the Yishuv—the organized Jewish community in preindependent Palestine—which eventually led to the establishment and flourishing of the State of Israel. Both those directions—which one may call the extrinsic and intrinsic respectively—exhibit a total transformation of the modes of existence of Jews and their descendants in the post-Christian modern world.

Keywords: culture; Jews; Yiddish; Hebrew; Yishuv; Palestine; Israel; transformation; existence

Chapter.  1667 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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