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Hebrew Language

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Anderson, Joseph. Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way. EKS Publishing Co. 2000. AISN/ISBN: 0939144328.

Understanding Hebrew is the key to experiencing the richness of Jewish prayer. This work teaches the Hebrew found in all Jewish prayerbooks. Designed for students who can read Hebrew words but do not know what they mean, this text explains grammar so simply that everyone can easily understand it.

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Castberg, C. and Lillian W. Adler. Reading Hebrew: A Programmed Instruction Book. Behrman House Publishing. 1972. AISN/ISBN: 0874410428.

Hand this book and a sharp pencil to anybody with an IQ over 3 who never heard of the Hebrew language, and they'll come back to you "reading" (sounding out) Hebrew in 2 days. It's that easy.

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Jacobs, Jill Suzanne. Hebrew for Dummies. For Dummies. 2003. AISN/ISBN: 0764554891.

Hebrew for Dummies is a basic starting point for those who would like to learn Hebrew for travel purposes. For example, you will learn basic phrases (greetings, hotels, how to...) and plenty of nouns (animals, for example)-the usual. A useful and comprehensive pronunciation guide is also included at the beginning of the book. The author also provides little hints such as good Israeli DVDs and CDs to buy (and importantly, where to get them from!) so you can practice hearing Hebrew and to learn a little about Israeli/Jewish culture. A section on synagogue Hebrew (basic prayers, such as the Sh'ma) and a little biblical grammar is included. Also included is an audio CD that compliments the book nicely. It contains pronunciation guides and conversations to repeat and practice. The only negative feature of this book is that there is no Hebrew orthography-everything is transliterated (hence, the simplicity of the "Dummies" books). The only place where Hebrew can be found is in the synagogue section in a small number of the prayers. Overall, this is an excellent guide for beginners who want to start learning Hebrew.

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Kershul, Kristine K. and Daphna Donyets. Hebrew in 10 Minutes a Day. Bilingual Books. 1998. AISN/ISBN: 0944502253.

The book is very good, it makes the learning process fun, the stickers and flashcards are great, too! Also constantly writing the words allows you to learn the spellings better than you would with other language learning tools. I am new to learning hebrew and I found this book quite helpful. Although I must agree some of the words are transliterated incorrectly (how do i know? I spent a few months in Israel). Anyways what was most effective to me was using this book as a suppliment to the Pimsluer languge learning tapes. Since the tapes usually come with no text supliment but generally cover the same material as this book, the two compliment eachother quite nicely. Using the tapes will also overcome the transliteration problems since you will HEAR the words being spoken (it will also help you nail down the accent). Also the book will help you understand what they are saying on the tapes more correctly (sometimes the speaker doesn't say the words as clear as you would like.)

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Rothblum, Lois, Bella Bergman and Ora Band. Ivrit Alfon: A Hebrew Primer for Adults. Behrman House Publishing. 1982. AISN/ISBN: 0874414636.

Motivated college and adult students can read and write Hebrew in just six weeks. Students with no previous Hebrew exposure or those who just need a quick review will learn phonetic Hebrew reading, script writing, and a basic Hebrew vocabulary of 100 words.

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Simon, Ethelyn and Joseph Anderson. Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew. EKS Publishing Co. 2002. AISN/ISBN: 0939144115.

This is a complete self-study course for the adult beginner. Ten lessons guide you through the basics of decoding the Hebrew alphabet.

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Simon, Ethelyn, Irene Reznikoff and Linda Motzkin. First Hebrew Primer. EKS Publishing Co.. 2000. AISN/ISBN: 0939144158.

An excellent text for introducing Biblical Hebrew to college students. It is very practical and well oriented toward the goal of having the student begin reading the Hebrew Bible as quickly as possible.

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Strauss, Ruby G., Ahuva Schuller and Lillian W. Adler. Derech Binah. Behrman House Publishing. 1985. AISN/ISBN: 0874413923.

Here is a "no-nonsense" primer illustrated in full color. Supplementary materials are also available.

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Zilkha, Avraham. Modern Hebrew-English Dictionary. Yale University Press. 1989. AISN/ISBN: 0300046480.

This dictionary concentrates on the vocabulary of modern Israeli Hebrew.





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