Yeshivas Say Salaam Aleikum To Arabic

08/19/2008 - 20:00
Associate Editor
American schools have been teaching foreign languages from the earliest days of the republic and yet most Americans are like Mark Twain’s “Innocents Abroad” trying to speak French to the French: “We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.” But after 9/11 and the intifada, there’s no room for “innocents.” Yeshiva high schools that have long offered French, Spanish and even Latin, along with Hebrew, are now teaching Israel’s other official language: Arabic.
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