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Itamar Ben Yehuda

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Hebrew language revival


Itamar Ben Yehuda (1882-1943) was the first child of Eliezer and Devora Ben Yehuda, who were determined to raise him speaking only Hebrew. He thus became the very first native Hebrew speaker in modern times. He had a difficult childhood, all but isolated in a new language that very few around him understood. Like his father, he became a Zionist activist and journalist. Although he died in New York, his body was brought back to Palestine to be buried on the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem.