Hebrew

  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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  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 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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  7. Will You Be at NewCAJE10?

    Will You Be at NewCAJE10?

    Are you coming to the NewCAJE conference in Portland, O

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  8. Why Does Hebrew Matter?

    Why Does Hebrew Matter?

    "Language is a key to identity and culture, and Hebrew is a key to Jewish identity and Jewish culture. We just have to approach it as such." So writes Jeremy Benstein, the linguist and cultural anthropologist and author of the newly released Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language in a Global World.

    Benstein explores the significance of Hebrew in the life of Jews and Judaism, and argues that engaging with Hebrew - not with the aim of fluency or solely ritual participation - is a vehicle to enrich our connection to Judaism and its values. "We can try to make Hebrew more acce

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  9. Pack These Camp Goodies for a Deeper Jewish Connection

    Pack These Camp Goodies  for a Deeper Jewish Connection
    Create opportunities for spiritual connection, even when your children are away at camp.
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  10. Keep Hebrew Skills Strong All Summer Long

    Summer can be a great time to keep Hebrew skills sharp, and prevent the summer slide. Share these resources with families and students and remind them that just 10 minutes of practice on any of these resources a few times a week tucked into a car ride or long afternoon will go a long way to retaining their hard-earned language competence.

    Online Resources

    Behrman House Play & Learn Page

    Find plenty of free resources for students to use over the summer. Hebrew learners of all ages can:

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