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  1. Hebrew Wordshops - A New Way to Connect to Hebrew: Books that Count

    Hebrew Wordshops - A New Way to Connect to Hebrew: Books that Count

    Written by Dr. Jeremy Benstein, "Hebrew Wordshops - A New Way to Connect to Hebrew" explores the potency of the three-letter roots that enrich our connection to Hebrew and Jewish values. 

    The root of sefer, ס-פ-ר (s-p-r), gives us two phrases that at first seem unrelated, even opposite: לְסַפֵּר סִיפּוּר l’saper sipur means "to tell a story," while לִסְפּוֹר מִסְפָּרִים lispor misparim is "to count numbers." "Storytelling" and "counting" define the modern era's two cultures, which are often seen as being diametric opposites: humanities and the exact sciences, qualitative and quantitative.

    But Hebrew knows no such dichotomy, treating them as related modes of reckoning, valuing, and evaluating the world. And in fact, English sometimes does the same thing, as with "counting" and "recounting," "telling" and "tallying."

    There’s another homonym root that sounds like it could be connected.

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  2. Israel…It’s Complicated Resonates with Day School Educators

    Israel…It’s Complicated Resonates with Day School Educators

    Each spring, the eighth graders at Levine Academy in Dallas visit Israel for almost three weeks. For the 40 or so students, it’s a trip they anticipate with excitement for years, beginning in kindergarten when their day school begins weaving Israel throughout the curriculum and programming.

    The trip marks the culmination of their day school experience, and educators at Levine Academy want to ensure the students are prepared. This year they will be using the new Israel…It’s Complicated course in eighth grade.

    “We’re very excited. We want to prepare our students to be open and to know more, to ask questions. But first students need the information. The new curriculum brings it all – it’s a great source to open the discussion,” says Anna Katzman, the dean of Hebrew language and programs at Levine Academy.

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  3. Hitting the Reset Button on Delayed Decoding

    Hitting the Reset Button on Delayed Decoding
    What happens when delayed decoding doesn't work? Educators in Austin decided to start fresh.
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  4. Reach Students Digitally with New App for Chaverim B'Ivrit

    Reach Students Digitally with New App for Chaverim B'Ivrit
    Meet the first digital app for Chaverim B'Ivrit, developed with the needs of day schools in mind.
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  5. Coming Soon: New Simple Setup for Hebrew in Harmony Digital

    Coming Soon: New Simple Setup for Hebrew in Harmony Digital

    Coming August 15, Hebrew in Harmony Digital will be available with a new simple setup to ensure easy access for students, teachers, and administrators.

    No email addresses or passwords to remember - the app will remember you every time!

    Note: If you're already set up with Hebrew in Harmony Digital in the Online Learning Center, you can continue to access it there. This is an alternate option. 

    Here's how it will work:

    • Purchase a license for the app (one per user) from behrmanhouse.com. Make sure you're signed into your account. If you don't have an account, you can create one on the spot.

    After August 15:

    Download and open the app or view it on a computer. The administrator or education director will be prompted to sign into the app using t

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  6. Hebrew Benchmarks: How to Assess Students at the Start of a New School Year

    Assessment is a tool to help you chart a learning path for each student. 

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  7. New Children's Books Hitting the Shelves in August

    For the fall season, we’ve got six new Apples & Honey Press books headed your way. Which one will you read first?
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  8. Hebrew Wordshops - A New Way to Connect to Hebrew: When It Comes to Language, The Jews Are A Choosing People

    Hebrew Wordshops - A New Way to Connect to Hebrew: When It Comes to Language, The Jews Are A Choosing People

    Written by Dr. Jeremy Benstein, "Hebrew Wordshops - A New Way to Connect to Hebrew" explores the potency of the three-letter roots that enrich our connection to Hebrew and Jewish values. 



    Israel just had elections and will have them again pretty soon. And while American elections are further off, they too have colonized our consciousness. We Americans and Israelis seem to love our choosing, even if we don't always like our choices.

    The word for "elections" in Hebrew is bechirot, בחירות, from the three-letter root b-ch-r, ב-ח-ר, "choose." Like many roots in Hebrew, this one spans the millennia and connects historical religious Hebrew with modern spoken Hebrew. Traditional Jewish liturgy proclaims ata bechartanu, אתה בחרתנו, "You have chosen us," whereas in secular society it is we who do the choosing. Politically, nivcharim נבחרים ("b" changes to "v" her

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  9. Staff Picks for the New Year

    Here are some highlights from our new materials—our personal favorites—to make your planning easier.

     

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  10. Simple Tips for Easy School Orders

    Simple Tips for Easy School Orders
    It’s probably been a while since you made your yearly school order. Here are some basics to get you started.
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