Rabbi Richard G. Lampert
Hebrew for Christians
Hebrew is a language that is available to everyone from all walks of life, however people of the Christian faith often refer to Hebrew as Hebrew for Christians. This is an interesting concept, because the Hebrew that other faiths read and the Hebrew for Christians, it is really the same Hebrew.
However, many Christians have a deep interest in reading the Bible in the original text, namely, the Torah. Furthermore, some Christian academics will pursue other Hebrew texts such as the N’vi’im (Prophets) and K’tu’vim (Writings) and perhaps even the siddur (prayerbook) that is used for the Jewish Sabbath and festivals.
As mentioned earlier, Hebrew for Christians exists because it provides the reader the ability to understand the original text, rather than through the translator’s opinion of the original text. Biblical Hebrew is also known as lashon hakodesh (the holy tongue), as tradition has it, they are the words that God spoke to Moses when God gave Moses the Torah. Apparently, Hebrew was also used by the prophets.
I have taught many Christian students who are extremely keen to start learning Hebrew for Christians simply because they want to connect to the language.
As way of starting the connection, I say that my name is Hebrew and it is found in the Book of Judges, chapter 4. Immediately this creates a closer connection between teacher and student. Invariably they say they will look up the story. This disclosure of where my name is found has a purpose. It starts the conversation about Hebrew names, what consonants and vowels are being used, other origins of Hebrew names. My rationale is to make Hebrew as interesting and as personable as possible, allowing the student to relate to Hebrew for Christians on a personal, micro level, prior to engaging in the more complex text of the Torah, Prophets and Writings.
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The Easy Learn Hebrew story began in 1986 when I became involved with Rabbi Lampert's teaching methods as a tutor in the 'Learn To Read Hebrew In One Day' course.
This course took students, who could not read a word of Hebrew at the beginning of the day, and by the end of the day they could read Hebrew, slowly, but correctly.
In 1999, I completed my Bachelor of Arts majoring in Hebrew, and, as part of my degree, spent a year in Israel studying Hebrew at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2008, I became the primary instructor for the 'Learn To Read Hebrew In One Day' course.
Whilst conducting these face to face courses it occurred to me that this unique classroom-based method could be transferred to an online format to make it accessible to people all around the world, and so the Easy Learn Hebrew program was born!
The Easy Learn Hebrew program is the 'Learn To Read Hebrew In One Day' classroom course 'online', however offering much more in terms of being able to revise the 'classroom' content online repeatedly via the videos, take the online quizzes and being able to print out the associated hard copy learning materials as required.
I am very excited to make this program available and look forward to welcoming you as an online Easy Learn Hebrew student.
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