Jews who study and use Hebrew as the language of the Jewish people
Rabbi Judah said: A man should never pray for his needs in Aramaic. Rabbi Yochanan said: When a man prays for his needs in Aramaic, the ministering angels, who do not understand Aramaic, will not respond to him (Babylonia Talmud, Shabbat 12b)
"If a language which has stopped being spoken, with nothing remaining of it save what remains of our language (if there is such a language) can return and be the spoken tongue of an individual for all necessities of his life, there is no room for doubt that it can become the spoken language of a community." (Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, from the introduction to his dictionary).
The Hebrew language... is the only glue which holds together our scattered bones. It also holds together the rings in the chain of time...It binds us to those who built the pyramids, to those who shed their blood on the ramparts of Jerusalem and to those who, at the burning stakes, cried Sh'ma Yisrael! (Isaac L. Peretz, Alle Verk [Wise Words, p.215])
*The Goals of the Arbeter Ring Folks-Shul
To teach the children to read, write and speak Yiddish well.
To acquaint them with the best specimens of Yiddish literature.
To acquaint them with the life of the worker and of the broad Jewish masses in America and other countries.
To acquaint them with the history of the Jewish people and with episodes in general history of the struggle for freedom.
To develop within them the feelings of justice, love for the oppressed, love of freedom and respect for fighters for freedom.
To develop within them the feeling for beauty and physical and moral discipline.
To develop within them idealism and the striving to perform noble acts, which are necessary for every child of the oppressed class in making his way through life toward a better order.
(Program of study adopted at the Workmen's Circle, Meeting, 1918)