The Intersection of Hebrew, Judaism and Jewish Spirituality

Zehavit Gross, Suzanne D. Rutland

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The aim of this chapter is to investigate the connections between Jewish spirituality, religious practice, wellbeing and knowledge of the Hebrew language. Drawing on findings from a study of the connections between spirituality, health and well-being, which was conducted across the major faith groups from 2019–2020 in Australia (Study 1) and a longitudinal study from 2008–2015 of Jewish education (Study 2), we argue that developing positive attitudes and love for the Hebrew language among young Jewish students is a challenge in the post-modern world. This can lead to a distancing from the Jewish religion and spirituality, having a negative impact on young people’s sense of belonging, health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage and Spirit
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Languages, Religions and Spirituality in Australia Today
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783030930646
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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