Rabbi Richard G. Lampert
Learn to read Hebrew – a goal for so many people, young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish. For some it will be their life’s ultimate achievement, to learn to read Hebrew to read the Torah, or to read a Hebrew newspaper, for others it is skill they wish to acquire so they can attend a Jewish synagogue and be able to follow the service easily, and even join in by reading some Hebrew on the bimah.
I started to learn to read Hebrew from a very young age, as my father was a rabbi, and his children being able to read Hebrew was extremely important to him. He often said, that I if I can learn to read Hebrew prayers in the synagogue, then I can go anywhere in the world and feel at home, because the same prayers are read in every synagogue all over the world. Interestingly enough when I attended synagogue in Dallas, USA, Cape Town South Africa and Jerusalem, Israel, I realised that he was correct. learn to read Hebrew once, then you can go anywhere in the world and feel at home.
Some Jewish children learn to read Hebrew for their ancient Jewish coming of age ceremony, Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah. It is difficult because 13 year olds do not have the same understanding as an adult as to the importance of the learning to read Hebrew, and often arc up when having to actually learn it. However, as a Bar and Bat Mitzvah teacher, I have seen the teens ultimately taking great pride in their achievement, leading the congregation in prayer,reading from the Torah and consolidating their skills they gained when they had to learn to read Hebrew.
Adults who want to convert also need to learn to read Hebrew. At their conversion ceremony they have to demonstrate the skills they have learned over the course of their conversion.
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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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