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Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults 0th Edition
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Directed specifically those who want to learn Hebrew in worship, this work is invaluable to anyone - Christian or Jewish - who wants to study the Bible in its original text.
The second book is due to come out in 2001 - Watch for it!
Besides teaching the sounds of the letters, there are sections on Hebrew word roots, which I found immensely helpful in understanding some of the thinking and spirit in the language. I felt as if I'd been given a key into a whole new way of thinking. For example, there are names of G-d that relate to certain root words in ways that are surprising and wonderful, and there are foods we eat on High Holidays because they are a "pun" on another word that is a spiritual quality we ask for in the new year. The extra dimension this book adds beyond mere pronunciation is its real gift.
I recommend this book to adults with an interest in exploring Hebrew. After just a month, I was able to read (slowly) from the prayer book, and find myself asking questions that I would not have thought of had I only known the English translation.
Aleph Isn't Tough goes through the entire Hebrew alephbet, teaches pronunciation of all the characters, demonstrates many word roots and their modifications that form related words (all with translations, of course), teaches the distinction between a main character and its altered form when used at the end of a word (e.g., mem vs. mem sofit or final mem) and teaches all the vowel sounds. And also teaches a number of exceptions to pronunciation and spelling that I am quite certain I never learned in those 6 years spent all those decades ago. This is a lot for a beginner book, but that is unquestionably what this is.
As the title of the review indicates, this book (first in a series of at least 3 that I know of) is NOT intended to teach modern conversational Hebrew. Rather, it provides an introduction to reading the Hebrew of the Torah and that of the doxology found in all modern siddurs (Prayerbooks). This first volume uses as its basis the Shabbat service. The words that one learns and the sentence fragments and sentences are all part of the Shabbat service. So the book does double duty as an introduction to the Hebrew language as well as an introduction to many of the most important phrases of the Shabbat prayers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great learning tool. The teaching approach is subtle and worthy. Before you know it you can read the
Aleph-Bet and you know a good number of vocabulary words. Read more
I love the book. The instruction is clear and concise. I will be ordering the rest of the series as soon as I am done with this book.Published 1 month ago by cecil
This is the most delightful intro-to-Hebrew book I've yet found. I'm an autodidact, and this book made it easy to work on my own, at my own pace, for the beginning stages of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda Perry
The one thing wrong with the book is that they put in stuff that the learner hasn't learned about yet..... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alice Farkas
I recommend buying the ¨Aleph-Bet Flash Cards¨, memorizing them over the course of a few days and thereafter reviewing the flash cards for a few minutes each day. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RdgJr near NYC