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Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Language Contact and Email Address:

Naama Harel


The history of the Hebrew language dates back nearly 3000 years. Originally spoken during Biblical times, it was revived in its modern form nearly 150 years ago. Hebrew presents the only case in history of a language which was successfully revived after not being spoken for nearly two millennia and remains a linguistic wonder. For nearly two thousand years, although a rich body of literature was created in Hebrew, it was not spoken on a daily basis. Today Hebrew is spoken by nearly eight million people and is a vibrant living language.

The Hebrew Program at the department of MESAAS is designed to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Modern Hebrew, as well as an appreciation of Hebrew culture and literature. The four-year program offers courses at all levels.

Taking courses in Hebrew will allow you to fulfill the language requirement at Columbia.

Please check the Columbia Directory of Classes for up-to-date information on class times and locations.