Rabbi Richard G. Lampert
It is amazing how many people, young and old alike, want to learn Hebrew. I have often wondered what has drawn people to this language. But then, it is more than a language. Once the person has in fact started to learn Hebrew, do they realise how much of the Jewish culture is embedded in Hebrew? Or is it, in fact, the other way around? The oft age-old question is asked, “what came first, the chicken or the egg?”
I am not an expert on ancient history, but through a bit of research, it has been determined that the first Hebrew text was written in the 10 Century BCE (before the Common Era). Which means millions of people over the years have had to learn Hebrew. I often wonder what life was like in ancient times. Did children behave the same way as they do today? Did they whine to their mothers “I don’t want to learn Hebrew” and go and sulk in their room? Or maybe life was so different, that they were obedient and attended classes to learn Hebrew without a fuss.
According to Robert Sutton, who wrote an article for Amit.org, schooling in ancient Israel was extremely important. In fact, the book of Deuteronomy instructs Jewish people to teach your children first. As education was so embedded in daily life in ancient Israel, it appears that people having to learn Hebrew was not an issue. It was part of a way of life in ancient Israel. Sutton goes on to write, that according to the Midrash, Jacob left Canaan, and immediately started to establish schools. For centuries, Jews have been known as the ’People of the Book’. It is easy to see why. Jacob started schools in ancient Israel and Jewish schools are still around today.
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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