Meirav Reuveny

My research concerns cultural history of the Jewish society in Eastern and Central Europe in the modern  period, and I’m currently examining  the discourse on Hebrew in the Jewish press between 1856-1914

 

I’m a PhD student in department of Jewish History in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My research concerns cultural history of the Jewish society in Eastern and Central Europe in the modern period, and addresses questions of language, nationality and identity.
My MA thesis “Hebraist in Berlin: Shai Ish Hurwitz and He-Atid (1903-1914): Time consciousness and the Hebrew Language Revival” was written under the supervision of Dr. Aya Elyada. The work examines the relations between Jewish Historiography and the Hebrew language revival in the Jewish national movement, between Central and Eastern Europe.

My PhD project, “Polemics about the Hebrew Language in the Tri-lingual (Hebrew, Yiddish and German) Jewish Press, 1856-1914”, is written under the supervision of Prof. Richard Cohen and Dr. Aya Elyada and aims to examine the discourse about the Hebrew language in the Jewish society of Eastern and Central Europe and to contextualize the Hebrew language revival in the historical and cultural conditions that enabled it. In order to understand the ways opinions and beliefs regarding the language were formed and accepted, during process as the Haskalah, nationalism and Zionism, the research is examining polemics in the press about the status of Hebrew, its modernization, creating literature and using it in various spheres, that expressed the developing stands and ideologies about the future of Hebrew, alongside other languages and other changes in the Jewish society. In addition, the research explores the dynamic of debates and the development of Jewish public discourse and addressing the creating of the mainstream lingual position as well as opposing and marginalized voices, in order to provide a complete picture of the periodical Jewish discourse.
Beside my research I’m also serving as archivist in Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem and responsible to the cataloging of the historical and internal collections of the institute.

Selected Publications

“Hebraist in Berlin: Shai Ish Hurwitz and He-Atid (1903-1914): Time consciousness and the Hebrew Language Revival” (Heb.), Zion – A Journal of Jewish History 83,1 (2018).