Religion & Beliefs

Want to Learn ( a Little) Hebrew?

I read Tahl’s piece yesterday… I grit my teeth whenever I hear Jewish liturgy done in English. Intellectually the rationales are compelling for such alternative services; emotionally I can't help but feel they're lacking. Anyone who wants access to the … Read More

By / April 17, 2007
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I read Tahl’s piece yesterday

I grit my teeth whenever I hear Jewish liturgy done in English. Intellectually the rationales are compelling for such alternative services; emotionally I can't help but feel they're lacking.

Anyone who wants access to the primary language of Jewish worship needs to learn Hebrew, and so does anyone who wants to understand Israeli society.

And I found myself agreeing with him, despite  the fact that I don’t speak Hebrew myself.  (is that weird, that I prefer the service in a language I don't understand???)

Inspired by that thought, I’ve just signed up for a really cool FREE thing online, and I wanted to be sure to tell you about it. 

It’s the Hebrew word of the day!

From now on (in theory) I’ll be getting a daily email with a new vocabulary word. Every day!  Just imagine—in no time at all I’ll be able to say things like, “The shiny apple is on the desk” and “My mother is a persimmon.”  My hope is that I’ll get jazzed about this, and use it as a jumping off point to actually start studying Hebrew in a more serious way–which I've been meaning to do forever)

The word-of-the-day is a service of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.  Which is cool, if it isn’t really uncool.  Let's just hope I don’t learn the word for “sinful” tomorrow, and the word for “heathen” on Wednesday.

I think you should wait a week to sign up, so that I can report back if I start getting funny spam.   

 Pssst.  There’s another service here but it looks kind of janky to me. And there’s another one here, but it’s not an email—you’re supposed to print off flashcards.