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Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Reading
February 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Over the last 2,500 years, Jews have lived all over the world and spoken a great variety of languages. But everywhere they’ve gone, they’ve brought the Hebrew language with them. It has served as a cultural connector, a shared home that unites the Jewish people despite their diversity. Studying the texts and the language itself is a gateway into this shared home.
Give yourself the keys to entry with this 3-session course, led by instructor Rabbi Helen Plotkin. Whether your primary interest is text study, prayer, or Jewish cultural continuity, you will find that the ability to read Hebrew draws you further into the depth and meaning you seek. As the letters come into focus for you, you can experience the passage in a new way as it takes on the color and texture of that repeated root.
Session 1, Feb 4: Introduction to all Hebrew’s consonants and most of its vowels; Reading one-syllable words. Introduction to worksheets and online videos that will enable you to practice reading and writing on your own.
Session 2, Feb 11: An optional practice session hosted by Regina Stein.
Session 3, Feb 18: Assembling syllables into words and phrases. Online print and video resources will give you practice reading real words in biblical and prayer book Hebrew.
Rabbi Helen Plotkin has taught Biblical Hebrew for 20 years at Swarthmore College, in the departments of Classics and Religion. She is founder and director of Mekom Torah—a project for open, expansive Jewish learning, on location and online—where she has guided hundreds of participants into rich text study.
Classes will be held on Zoom. A link will be provided upon registration.