The Best Free Easy Hebrew Stories for Everyone in 2024

When I was a child, my father used to tell me easy Hebrew stories. I have such a strong memory of us going on our summer holidays to a place in South Africa called Margate. It was a little seaside town with a beach and a lovely rocky area. Every evening at sunset, we would sit on the rocks overlooking the ocean and tell me all the easy Hebrew stories—but in English!

Yes, I am interchanging ‘easy Hebrew stories’ with ‘Bible stories. ‘My logic is that the Jewish Bible (also known as the Torah) is written in Hebrew, however, many parents (and children) cannot read the Bible stories in Hebrew. So, they read the stories to them in the translated version. He read me stories about Moshe and Aharon, amongst many others.

What are the Best Free Easy Hebrew Stories for Everyone in 2024?

The best free easy Hebrew stories in 2024 are the same as they were twenty years ago, one hundred years ago, even two thousand years ago. These stories are timeless.  They are the stories from the Bible! The best thing is they have been translated into multiple languages. Anyone, anywhere in the world can become familiar with easy Hebrew stories.

The most well-known is the story of Passover. This story tells us about the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. It is read every year at the Passover meal. A fun fact for you. Did you know that The Last Supper (with Jesus and his disciples) was actually the Passover meal, and I imagine that they also recounted the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

What about reading EasyHebrew stories in Hebrew?

I have been talking about how wonderful it is that the bible stories have been translated into multiple languages. But what about the people who want to read these stories in Hebrew? Yes, they are readily available in Hebrew; however, , for people who do not read Hebrew, there are a few steps that need to be taken before they can embark on reading the stories in the original text.

The first step is to determine if you want to read the stories in the original text. Tick. That question has been answered. The second step is to start learning to read Hebrew. This can prove to be a bit more challenging. It would help if you found out where you can start learning Hebrew. There are so many options out there that it is crucial to decide how and where you want to learn to read Hebrew.

Options to learn to read Hebrew

There are three questions that you need to ask yourself. The first one is, do you want to learn to read Hebrew face-to-face in a classroom with other people? Do you want to have Hebrew lessons with a private tutor? Or do you want to learn to read Hebrew online? There are pros and cons to all of these options. 

If you decide to learn Hebrew in a classroom environment, you need to make sure that there are classes that are reasonably accessible to you. The positive aspect of learning in a group environment is that you are with like-minded people. However, the negative aspect is that you need to travel to the classes. Some days, you may not feel like it, or they simply are not close to where you live.

If you decide to explore the option of learning with a private tutor, it is essential to work out if you can afford the lessons. It is wonderful that a tutor comes to your home, but it can become very expensive. A negative aspect of having a private tutor is that you may not like the way they teach.  However, the positive aspect is that you do not need to travel!

Online learning for reading easy Hebrew stories

The third option for learning to read Hebrew is to enrol in an online Hebrew reading program, such as www.easylearnhebrew.com.  The positive aspect of online learning is that you can complete the lessons from the comfort of your own home at a time of your choosing! You do not need to travel anywhere. Online learning has become commonplace nowadays, especially after the recent pandemic.

As we all know, during the Covid lockdowns, everyone started using Zoom or Teams to either attend work meetings or school lessons. Some people decided that this is the best way to learn, and have continued to do so. Whether you want to learn Biblical Hebrew or Modern Hebrew, there are online options for everyone.

Preparing to read the stories for the upcoming festivals

Passover is not the only festival with a fascinating story. Other festivals include Channukah, Purim, Tu Bishvat, Shavuot, Sukkot amongst many others. If you want to read about them, you can learn to read them in Hebrew or a language of your choice. There are many options available for everyone. Some people just want to learn to read Hebrew songs and the associated vocabulary.

One such song is Gesher Tzar Me’od, which means ‘the whole world is a very narrow bridge’.  It is a lovely song. It talks about overcoming fear. However, this is just one song; but there are so many other songs that people want to learn the vocabulary for. The important thing is to take it step by step and start learning to read Hebrew. The rest will follow!

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