The leader should split the group into two and give each group an identical piece of text that speaks about the revival of the Hebrew language, including explanations and arguments for and against the revival of the language (enclosed as a separate file)
After each group reads the text, they need to formulate arguments, to persuade the other group that their side is right.
The groups will hold a changing discussion- each time, one representative from each group will hold a discussion with a representative from the other group and will try to persuade him why we need to revive/not revive the Hebrew language.
Each time the leader claps, the representatives will change places with another person from their group.
At the end of the discussion, the leader will go over all the arguments raised during the discussion with the participants.
Against: Hebrew is a holy language, and it is not right to use it for anything that is not prayer and learning.
If Hebrew will be revived it will be ruined.
It will no longer be the beautiful, ancient Hebrew that was spoken in the times of the Bible!
For: For the Jewish people to live as a normal people, they need a country and a language.
There is no nation that does not have a language of its own, and until the Jewish people has a language of its own, it will be defined as a part of the other nations that it lives amongst.
The Hebrew language is an inseparable part of the Jewish people. Even when Jewish people are living in different countries and are connected to different cultures and languages, they have a language that belongs only to them- Hebrew.
The Hebrew language, unlike other languages, is far more than just words. It expresses deep ideas and has many layers of meaning. The Hebrew language represents a connection to tradition, Torah, holiness, Jewish social solidarity and, due to its uniqueness, it also creates friction and deep clarifications as we saw in the discussion.
In the next section, we will try and understand what the personal connection of each one us is to the Hebrew language.