Publications include:

Modern Hebrew

Modern Hebrew - The Past and Future of a Revitalized Language

Dr. Norman Berdichevsky interviewed on his book Modern Hebrew - The Past and Future of a Revitalized Language

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9492-7 McFarland Publishing,
ca. 25 photos, notes, bibliography, index
softcover (6 x 9) 2014. Softcover $45  substantial discount for bulk orders from schools and community centers

Ben-Yehuda's vision of a modern Hebrew eventually came to animate a large part of the Jewish world, and gave new confidence and pride to Jewish youth during the most difficult period of modern history, and infusing Zionism with a dynamic cultural content. This book examines the many changes that occurred in the transition to Modern Hebrew, acquainting new students of the language with its role as a model for other national revivals, and explaining how it overcame many obstacles to become a spoken vernacular. It deals primarily with the social and political use of the language and does not cover literature. Also discussed are the dilemmas facing the language arising from the fact that Israelis and Jews in the Diaspora "don't speak the same language," while Israeli Arabs and Jews do.

"Philologos" the Jewish Daily Forward  November 29, 2014....A newly published book, Norman Berdichevsky's "Modern Hebrew: The Past and Future of a Revitalized Language," is an excellent survey of its subject. In just 200 pages, Berdichevsky manages to touch succinctly but informatively on nearly every aspect of Zionism's successful revival of Hebrew as the spoken language it had not been for two millennia.....a feat unparalleled in human history.

About the Author
Norman Berdichevsky is a professional translator, freelance writer and lecturer of history and culture for several major cruise lines. Formerly a lecturer of Judaic studies at the University of Central Florida, he is the author of several books and lives in Orlando, Florid



Contents by Chapter

1 Hebrew in Popular American Culture and University Instruction

2 The Magnificent Heritage of Hebrew

3 Modern Hebrew's Inspirational Example for Minor Language Revivals

4 The Three Thousand year Old Treasury

5 How Hebrew became a Modern Language

6 Do the Israelis Speak Hebrew or Israeli?

7 The Worldwide Rivalry with Yiddish

8 Negation of the Golah and Hebraic Identity of a New Nation

9 Baltic Rebirth and Zionist Staging Ground for a Jewish State

10 The First Modern Hebrew Textbooks set in Palestine

11 The Soviet Persecution of Hebrew

12 Arab-Israeli Use of Hebrew

13 From Jewish State Towards a Hebrew Republic?

14 Slang and Profanity in Spoken Hebrew

15 The Current Assault on Hebrew at Home

16 Outlook for Hebrew Education in the U.S.A. and the U.K. (Charter schools)




The Left is Seldom Right

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A challenging and provocative look at the history of "right wing" vs. "left wing" political movements and personalities. Dr. Berdichevsky shatters the ideological prism those terms impose. This book will change the way you view the political world, forever. -Rebecca Bynum, author of Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion

Norman Berdichevsky peels away the superficial layers of Left and Right, digs deep into history, unearths the complex political realities masked by a Good guys-Bad guys dichotomy devised by the Left for its own self-glorification, and brings to light the moral imperative.  - Nidra Poller, novelist and journalist, an American in Paris

In his "twenty-five case studies of crises, wars, alliances, conflicts, personalities and elections" Norman Berdichevsky clarifies the confusing history of Left-Right terminologies. He illustrates why a single dimension is insufficient to understand the differences and the unlikely alignments of supposed political opposites. Be prepared to be enlightened, surprised and entertained as Dr. Berdichevsky lays bare the history behind the history you thought you knew proving that politics makes for strange bedfellows indeed. - Baron Bodissey (Gates of Vienna)

The malcontents gnawing at the fabric of western society thought they found a safe place hiding under the misnomer of "progressives".  And then came the savvy Norman Berdichevsky!  - Judi McLeod, editor Canada Free Press

It is the darkest times that most anxiously call for light. In a world of lies, the light we hold to is truth. Norman Berdichevsky's work represents a courageous truth. Truth about the world we live in and those who would destroy it. To stand up to lies in a world of them requires courage, and to tell the truth requires even more. - Daniel Greenfield (Sultan Knish)

"Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." - William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) 

Although no older than the French Revolution, the political terms "Right" and" Left" have become banal and stale cliches which are often misleading guides that offer no clear indication about intentions, motivations and conflicting policy choices of political personalities and parties under changing circumstances. Both partisan political hacks and educated citizens who should know better use them as synonyms for the good guys and bad guys. Jonah Goldberg's bestselling book "Liberal Fascism" shocked many readers who could not imagine how the two terms could be grouped together rather than stand as polar opposites.

The purpose of this book is threefold:

1. To further document cases in both the United States and abroad that verify Goldberg's thesis that a considerable segment of the American public is misled by the use of the terms "RIGHT vs. LEFT", which are cliche ridden, and often erroneous in their presentation of the most essential relevant facts and the conclusions drawn.

2. To demonstrate that it is primarily the Political Left that has a vested interest in the continued use of this terminology due to the considerable inroads made by the liberal media on public opinion. Many 'political pundits' have drawn on the prestige of major writers and Hollywood 'celebrities' whose work was shaped by a critical view of American culture as the epitome of alienation, hypocrisy and crass materialism in modern society. Their assumptions are that other cultures and societies are more authentic, 'holistic', integral and devoted to a sense of solidarity and community. These views have been reinforced in popular culture, especially in film and popular song as part of the counter-culture that arose in the late 1950s.


3. To show that anti-Semitism was not inherently a part of many nationalist "Right-wing" movements and that it is generated today overwhelmingly from the Far Left under the encouragement of the wealth and power of militant Islam.

It consists of 25 case studies of major domestic and international crises, wars, alliances, conflicts, issues, and elections that have been the subject of considerable media opinion and comment and most often by the use of the Left-Right terminology.



An Introduction to Danish Culture

For many non-Danish citizens of the world, Denmark remains an enigma. Too often confused with other Scandinavian countries, this southernmost Nordic nation has been characterized by stereotypes and cliches related to socialism, cradle-to-grave security, football, pornography, Hamlet, pigs, dairy cattle, and beer. This enlightening guide to Danish society, culture, and history offers an inside look at the "real" Denmark, highlighting the best of both the country and its people. It details Denmark's substantial contributions to science, engineering, exploration, seafaring, literature, philosophy, music, architecture, and many other fields. Brief portraits depict well-known Danes, including "Clown Prince of Denmark" Victor Borge, Hans Christian Andersen, Kierkegaard, and Out of Africa author Karen Blixen. Throughout, Denmark's outstanding human rights record, democratic institutions, and humanistic traditions are clear. By illuminating Danish culture and clarifying misperceptions, this work fosters a greater appreciation of Denmark, its people, and their way of life.

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-6401-2
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8652-6


Spanish Vignettes

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Spanish Vignettes

Spanish Vignettes offers a unique perspective on Spain for prospective travelers in contrast to the many tour guidebooks offering information on sightseeing, hotel accommodation and restaurants.  It is the only required text for the summer course in Madrid in Spanish Civilization held for students from all the campuses of the University of California. It takes a unique cultural and historical approach providing important information that any long term visitor would appreciate so as to be able to relate to the topics of relevance for Spaniards. It was written primarily for long-term English-speaking residents in Spain and those who wish to become more familiar with Spanish society today. The book offers 34 selected topics of interest that are essential for all those who wish to know the essential components of Spain's society, history, foreign relations, language, literature, art and music, architecture, religious life, sports, cuisine, economy, festivals, regional distinctiveness, and social and political issues.  

 ISBN 84-89954-40-2  280 Pages Ediciones Santana, Malaga

Review and Comments:

From The Costa Blanca News,(Danny Collins) April 14, 2007.

"Berdichevsky's style is companionable and offbeat. He's the sort of guy you'd like to meet and share a carriage with on a long train journey because his prose lack pedantry but his knowledge is academic."




Nations, Language and Citizenship

This study evaluates the importance of language in achieving a sense of national solidarity, considering factors such as territory, religion, race, historical continuity, and memory. It investigates the historical experiences of countries and ethnic or regional minorities according to how their political leadership, intellectual elite, or independence movements answered the question, "Who are we?" . Does language transform a citizenry into a community/or is a "national language" the product of ideology? This work presents 26 case studies. The study also covers hybrid languages, language revivals, the difference between dialects and languages, government efforts to promote or avoid bilingualism, the manipulation of spelling and alphabet reform. Illustrations include stamps, banknotes, flags, and posters illustrating language controversies.

ISBN 0-7864-1710-2 272 Pages McFarland Publishing 2004

Review and Comments:

From CHOICE. September, 2005. - Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Middleport, CT. NATIONS, LANGUAGE AND CITIZENSHIP

"Berdichevsky's groundbreaking work illuminates linguistic and existential issue of national language as part of the deep search for self-identity. He details the many diverse and sometimes shifting and contradictory perspectives involved….Berdichevsky provides many thought-provoking discussions and concludes "A national language is ultimately defined by politics.” Summing up: Essential, Highly recommended.


The Danish-German Border Dispute Academica Press LLC. Bethesda Md. April, 2002. ISBN 1-930901-34-8. 220 pages.


Elements of Language, 4th course. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. pp. 52-63.

John Wiley & Sons, Canada. 2003. Chapter 2 - "How to write comparative essays"


Numerous (over 150 articles and book reviews) in British, American, Danish, and Israeli journals such as World Affairs, Contemporary Review, New English Review, Journal of Cultural Geography, The World & I, Journal of Information Ethics, Ecumene, Landscape Journal, Scandinavian Review, German Life, Israel Affairs, Midstream, Ariel, Ha-Umma, Boundary and Security Bulletin, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geografisk Orientering, Aarhus Stifstidende and many others.



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