Hebrew and Humanity
Was Hebrew the first language spoken by mankind? If so, how did Adam and Eve know how to speak it? And what was the origin of the other languages? Why didn’t
G-dwant all peoples to speak the same language? If Hebrew was the first language spoken by all, is there any possibility that one day it will be restored as such?
Hebrew, the “Holy Tongue”, is the “language of
Initially, the early generations following Adam and Eve spoke Hebrew, and it was Gd’s intention that the holy language would unite and empower humanity to realize the purpose of Creation, namely to serve Gd as one.
However, when mankind united with the power of Hebrew not in order to serve
No longer privileged with the holy language on their tongues and in their hearts, humanity became confused, muddled and mundane. In this way their ill-used unity was undone, their language became babbled and they dispersed across the earth.
Interestingly, many of the early founders of America — inspired by Biblical themes of servitude and redemption, meriting the Promised Land, and building a perfected society — actually favored making Hebrew the language of the great nation they envisioned. Considering how ubiquitous English is today, the consolidation of communication and the major role the United States has had on the world, just imagine how many people would be speaking Hebrew worldwide if Ben Franklin had gotten his way.