Rabbi Richard G. Lampert
Online Hebrew classes
Hebrew, as a spoken language, was essentially dead for two thousand years and was used only in liturgical and biblical texts. It was only in the late 19th Century that the process of the Hebrew language revival began. It was on 13 October 1881 that Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and his friends agreed to exclusively speak Hebrew in their conversations. As a result, the language, which had not been spoken as a mother tongue since the second century CE, once again became the national language of Israel. It is a given that online Hebrew classes were not available then. Learning took place in an old-fashioned way, in face-to-face classrooms!
Online Hebrew classes only became a ‘thing’ in the twenty-first century. I started skype Hebrew lessons for students who were living too far to come to my house. Interestingly enough, at the time, I was the only teacher (that I knew of) to offer online Hebrew classes. When the COVID-19 pandemic started and we were all forced to stay at home, online learning, including online Hebrew classes, and the only way people were able to have their lessons. For all the other Hebrew teachers (in my vicinity), this was a new challenge for them, but I have been conducting online Hebrew classes for over five years before the pandemic!
There are certainly pros and cons to online Hebrew classes. A pro is that neither the teacher nor the student(s) needs to leave their home to go to a class. It is extremely convenient; it saves on time and petrol (a plus for the environment). However, a con, is that there is no face-to-face interaction, and if the teacher needs to show the student something on paper, it can become challenging, but the challenges can be overcome, as long as the teacher and pupil work together.
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.
Founder - EasyLearnHebrew.com