[b-hebrew] Both right?

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Thu Dec 9 09:40:29 EST 2010

You said: "The Hebrew Language Academy has absolutely no authority to  
"rule" on the "correctness" of  biblical Hebrew", leading us  
erroneously  to think, I am afraid, that they have the right (or  
"mandate") to rule on "modern" Hebrew.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Dec 9, 2010, at 3:37 AM, Yigal Levin wrote:

> So what are you contradicting me about?
> Yigal Levin
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Isaac Fried [mailto:if at math.bu.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2010 1:59 AM
> To: Yigal Levin
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> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Both right?
> I am sorry to contradict you again, but the Hebrew "academy" has no
> authority to rule, not on "biblical" Hebrew, and not on "modern"
> Hebrew. Its authority, as you correctly say, extends only over the
> offices of the government of Israel.
> Isaac Fried, Boston University
> On Dec 8, 2010, at 7:21 AM, Yigal Levin wrote:
>> Isaac, once again, the Hebrew Language Academy is the farthest
>> thing possible from a rabbinic institution. It is totally academic,
>> and has absolutely no pretentions to any religious authority.
>> You are correct, however, on one point. The Hebrew Language Academy
>> has absolutely no authority to "rule" on the "correctness" of
>> biblical Hebrew. Nor does it attempt to. It does publish various
>> studies made by its individual members, each a recognized authority
>> in his or her own academic field. Where the Hebrew Language Academy
>> does set rules is for modern Hebrew, as the official language of
>> the State of Israel. This is part of its mandate, as laid out in
>> its government-given charter. The rules that it sets out are
>> binding on official government offices and the Israeli education
>> system; anyone else can and does continue to speak and to write as
>> they wish.
>> Please stop making claims on matters that you refuse to first check
>> out.
>> Yigal Levin
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