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"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
Create opportunities for spiritual connection, even when your children are away at camp.Read more »
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.
Behrman House Play & Learn Page
Find plenty of free resources for students to use over the summer. Hebrew learners of all ages can:
- - Practice their prayers from Kol Yisrael, Hineni, or from a prayer service
Some students may require changes to standard materials, and others may not, yet everyone benefits from their implementation.Read more »
Posted: March 13, 2019||
Dina Maiben is the Hebrew program director at Gratz College, where she is also a doctoral candidate focusing her research on the second language teacher education of Hebrew teachers. She has written extensively on Hebrew reading and language education and is the author of twenty-one books and more than two dozen journal articles and stories. With lots of conversation happening lately around Hebrew learning in part-time educational settings, we asked her to explain the research.
What do you remember about learning Hebrew yourself?
Many years ago, when I was first learning to read Hebrew, I remember sitting in the sanctuary, prayer book open, and feeling like I was drowning in a sea of Hebrew letters, when suddenly a single word jumped off the page: “שָׁלוֹם.” I knew that word! I not only knew how to sound it out, but I knew what it meant. It was the word that my teacher used to greet us at the start of every class and it was what she wished u
Posted: March 13, 2019||Key takeaways from research into second language learning, from Hebrew expert Dina Maiben.Read more »
For a limited time, we’re making available for FREE the Mah Nishtanah digital companion for Hebrew practice and reinforcement, plus bonus downloadable reading activities for Passover.
We now have 285 modern Hebrew word cards available to download - free.
This collection of printable cards consists of functional Hebrew words and phrases for everday situations, including:
- • greetings
- • colors
- • numbers
- • sports
- • food
- • occupation
- • home
- • countries
The cards include a mix of verbs, nouns, pronouns and adjectives. Download them here, and be sure to print double-sided for use as flash cards, with Hebrew on one side and English on the other. They are also be available on our home page, under the Play & Learn section.
Benefits of use
Incorporating modern conversational Hebrew can be motivat
How Hebrew in Harmony has reenergized prayer learning for one California childRead more »