Hebrew News, Research and Resources

Hebrew in the News

Read recent articles or view media that focus on Hebrew language and culture and the activities of the Hebrew Council and its partners.

Research on Hebrew

Learn more about cutting edge research that focuses on the Hebrew language and culture in North America, including work being done by members of our own Council.

Interested in posting your research here? Please send a copy of your material and URL with “Research” in the subject line to our office via email.

Hebrew Learning Resources

Whether one is beginning the process of decoding the Hebrew alphabet or seeking to advance one’s Hebrew skills, the following are a selection of resources to assist the Hebrew learning (additional resources can be found in the NAHeT section).

Resources for Children

My Hebrew Playground My Hebrew Playground boxes offer interdisciplinary activities that have been carefully crafted to support Hebrew learning. Our kits include activities likes games, crafts and science experiments that encourage the kids to use the Hebrew vocabulary used in the book, as well as developing their Hebrew literacy skills like reading comprehension and writing.

Materials from Nefesh b Nefesh Encouraging your child to learn Hebrew prior to Aliyah will greatly improve his/her ability to acclimate to the school system and to the new social environs. Schedule a regular “Hebrew” time into your weekly schedule. Choose those tools that fit your child’s learning style and interests – that is the best way to engage them in this essential goal.

Resources for Youth

Let’s Talk Hebrew Now—for the first time—a light, engaging modern Hebrew text written specifically for 6th–7th graders who have completed a prayer program and are ready for a change of pace. In just 96 pages, four trendy kids party in Tel Aviv, shop in a shuk, ride a camel, swim in the Dead Sea, and celebrate

Resources for Adults

The Alef-Bet of Blessing This Hebrew primer is organized around the letters that form the six words that start most blessings: Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam. Learn the Hebrew letters and the basic building blocks of Jewish prayer at the same time. Ideal for families to learn to decode Hebrew together using the free audio companion – each page of the book is read aloud.

Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults, Book 1 A primer for adults to learn to decode Hebrew, especially those who primarily encounter the Hebrew language through Jewish religious life—prayers and Torah reading, the blessings and rituals of Jewish home observance, and words or phrases arising out of a Jewish cultural context.

Aleph Isn’t Enough: Hebrew for Adults, Book 2 A continuation of Aleph Isn’t Tough, for adults who know how to decode letters and vowels and how they combine to form syllables and words. Focuses on excerpts from the siddur, the haggadah, and the Tanach including key vocabulary and roots. Ideal for Introduction to Judaism and adult b’nei mitzvah courses.

Bet is for B’reishit: Hebrew for Adults, Book 3 Adult learners expand their Hebrew grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension by reading and translating siddur and biblical texts. Each chapter provides a range of Torah texts for comparison as well as commentaries on the Torah selections.

Tav is for Torah: Hebrew for Adults, Book 4 Picks up where Bet Is for B’reishit leaves off. This fourth book in the Hebrew for Adults series guides learners to read, understand, and translate sections from the Torah. For example, learners explore the nuances of multiple translations of the same text. Includes Jewish cultural knowledge, Torah commentary, and modern Hebrew poetry.

Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes Whether you know Hebrew or not, linguist and cultural anthropologist Dr. Jeremy Benstein takes us on a journey into the deeper significance of Hebrew in the life of Jews and Judaism by focusing on the three-letter Hebrew roots that are the building blocks of the language. An entertaining and accessible read, ideal for adult education programs and as a gift.

Podcasts

Listen to the recent Podcasts about Hebrew from different resources

The “Language of a Common Dream” Edition

October 10, 2019, The Promised Podcast –
Host Yuval Mendelson along with Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and activist, intellectual and educator Jeremy Benstein, author of the new book, Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language in a Global World.
Please note that the story on Hebrew starts at 27:18 minutes and runs until 44:29 Minutes.
*The Podcast contains some explicit language*