Organizations that recommend the Easy Learn Hebrew system

  • Rodeph Shalom
  • Central Synagogue
  • Kehilat Shanghai
  • Chabad of RARA
  • The North Shore Synagogue
  • Temple Emanual North Shore
  • Temple Emanuel
  • ARZA
  • UPJ
  • Beit Or v'Shalom
  • Beth El Binah
  • The Leo Baeck Centre
  • Temple Emanu-El
  • Netzer
  • Etz Chaim
  • Beth Shalom
  • Temple Shalom
  • Beit Shalom Synagogue
  • Morling College
  • Jewish Pluralist Education Network

The Easy Learn Hebrew program is based on the original Hebrew teaching methods developed by Rabbi Lampert, that have enjoyed outstanding success in the classroom environment for over 50 years.
These same methods have now been made available online and can be accessed by you, from anywhere in the world.

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I am tremendously excited to see this method made available online as it has been.

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Rabbi Richard G. Lampert

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The one word I do not like is ‘dummy’; it implies that a person is stupid. Maybe I am just being a little oversensitive. I do have the same reaction when I hear or read the phrase Hebrew for dummies. I know there is a whole collection of “…for Dummies” books available to buy. Such as ‘DOS for dummies’, ‘MYOB for dummies’, and so on. Even so, the word still irks me.

I think we should deconstruct what the phrase is saying. Hebrew for dummies. Obviously, the word ‘Hebrew’ is the Semitic language that I am referring to. According to the Oxford Dictionary, a ‘dummy’ is a stupid person or a model of a person that is used to put clothes onto. Somehow, when a person writes Hebrew for dummies they are not referring to the model of the person, but rather to someone who is ‘stupid’. 

If you noticed I put the word ‘stupid’ into singular inverted commas, to make a statement that it is someone else’s reference, not mine. As mentioned earlier, I do not support the use of this language at all. I want to make the phrase Hebrew for dummies redundant! 
There are other ways to phrase this, such as ‘simple Hebrew’, ‘beginner Hebrew’, and the list goes on. Just not Hebrew for dummies. Many studies have been conducted showing how language can affect a person’s self-esteem. This is why we should not use negative language with children (or anyone for that matter).

Imagine saying to a child: “you’re a dummy!”. How do you think the child might feel? I know if it was said to me, I would feel terrible. The same can be said for the phrase Hebrew for dummies. Let us not use it. Let us find another term to support first-time learners. 

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From the Founder

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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.

Yael Rottanburg

Founder - EasyLearnHebrew.com

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