This Day in Jewish History Hebrew's Reviver Is Born

Born Eliezer Yitzhak Perelman, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda is known as the father of modern Hebrew, having revived the ancient language for life in the Jewish national home.

On January 7, 1858, Eliezer Yitzhak Perelman, better known by the name he adopted for life as a Hebrew speaker in Palestine, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, was born. In the early days of the Zionist movement, it was he who believed that the Jews moving to the revived Jewish homeland in Eretz Israel could be convinced to speak Hebrew. And the best way to accomplish that was through personal example.