In 2014, Jewish Content Inc. funded the first book of a young, up-and-coming scholar, Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein. That book, entitled Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew became an instant classic and quickly sold out. In 2015, JCI sponsored a second edition of that work and eventually that too was sold out. The book is quite in-demand but has been unavailable and out-of-print now for several months. Mosaica Press and Feldheim have been encouraging us to do a third printing.
Please help us raise the neccessary funds to make this project a reality. The whole thing will cost just $6,200 including implementing some small edits, and additions, redoing the typesetting to reflect those changes, reworking the cover design without a dust jacket, and printing another 1000 copies.
Rabbi Klein is also the syndicated columnist of the What's in a Word? column which appears weekly in the Ohrnet and Jewish Press. He is also a Founding Editor of the Veromemanu Foundation which is a think-tank for scholars delving into the intracies of the Hebrew Language.
Since writing this book, Rabbi Klein has written another popular book, God versus Gods: Judaism in the Age of Idolatry (Mosaica Press, 2018) which traces the history of idolatry in the Bible with his unique blend of traditional and academic sources.
Reuven Chaim Klein has done a great service to us in his work on the Hebrew language, its origins, and inherent holiness. It is the only language of the ancient past that has survived, revived itself, and is in use by millions of people in today's world. This relatively short work is full of information, tradition, and insights. The history of Hebrew is a microcosm of the history of the story of the Jewish people itself. It is a work to be studied, appreciated, and read by all those who truly wish to understand Torah, holiness, and Jewish survival. --Rabbi Berel Wein (Jewish Destiny Foundation, founder)
...I commend the author on this enlightening presentation and recommend this work to all those who want to enrich their understanding of the importance and implications of our holy language... --Rabbi Zev Leff (Moshav Matityahu, Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva)
Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klen has written a truly fascinating book about the sanctity, history, growth, and evolution of Lashon HaKodesh... a work of both asifah (compilation) and chiddush (original insight), one that is the product of prodigious research and ameilus b'Torah. It deserves an honored place in a Torah library. It will surely enlighten, inform, and inspire every Jew... --Rabbi Yitzchak A. Breitowitz (Rav, Kehillas Ohr Somayach)
...provides a very thorough and intriguing account of the language that secular scholars and laypeople generally call Hebrew as it is presented by Rabbinic scholars in the vast Jewish religious literature from the Talmud up to the present day... a major resource for all who wish to understand traditional Jewish scholarly approaches to Jewish linguistics. --Dr. Bernard Spolsky (Bar Ilan University, professor emeritus)