Shalom and Beruchim Ha-Ba’im (welcome)!
Originating in the Land of Israel, Hebrew is a Semitic language with ancient roots. From a cultural perspective, Hebrew is without a doubt one of the most intriguing and influential languages in the history of mankind. As the original language of the Bible and the liturgical language of Judaism globally, Hebrew is the beloved and treasured ‘Holy Language’ of both Judaism and Christianity.
Throughout the two thousand years of the long exile of the Jewish people around the world, Hebrew still remained in use and continued to evolve. Contrary to popular belief, Hebrew was never a “dead language.”
The glorious revival of the Hebrew language at the end of the 19th century and into the 20th century is the ONLY time in the history a process like that has ever taken place! Hebrew is the official language of the State of Israel and currently there are more than ten million Modern Hebrew speakers worldwide (about half of them are native speakers).
Over the past ten years, I’ve had the unique privilege of teaching Modern and Biblical Hebrew to students from all around the globe. Growing up in Israel in a fairly small town just outside of Tel Aviv, I never imagined I would have friends on every continent as a result of teaching Hebrew online and in Ulpan in Israel.
Following my military service in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), I completed a B.A. in European History and Jewish History and an M.A. in Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University. My teaching philosophy focuses on first clearly understanding the student’s motivation for learning Hebrew and then customizing a learning program with stimulating materials around their interests and personal goals.
Whether your motivation to learn Hebrew is for spiritual, academic, or professional development….or simply because you feel a strong connection to Israel/Judaism and want to have a deeper understanding of the language, history and culture, I can help you to achieve your goals.
Both Jews and Christians have expressed a heart-felt desire to know Hebrew in order to pray the prayers and recite other liturgical texts found in the Siddur (Jewish prayer book). Many people want to broaden their understanding of the Bible by having the ability to read in Hebrew.
Regardless of whether you are an absolute beginner, an intermediate or advanced Hebrew student, we can work collaboratively to customize a series of lessons tailored to your individual needs and goals. The lessons are engaging and can contain more than Hebrew vocabulary and grammar. If you are inclined, I can offer a much richer experience and offer insight into the Bible, Judaism, Jewish history, Israeli history, Modern Israeli culture, and folklore.
Finally, I think Hebrew lessons should be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience…it’s good to have fun and laugh together as we learn.
Ready to begin?