Articles & Studies

האוטופיסט מקזבלנקה

דוד טברסקי August 21, 2016 | דבר ראשון

תביו של ההוגה מכלוף אביטאן מספקים הצצה לעולמם הרוחני של יהודי מרוקו. לאחר שכמעט ונשכחו מדפי ההיסטוריה, מפגש מקרי עם ההיסטוריון דוד גדג', חשף לעולם אוצר בלום של כתבים אוטופיסטיים של הוגה דעות מקורי וייחודי מיהדות מרוקו. מתוך הכתבים עולה תמונה של עולם רוחני והגותי שחלף מן העולם בתמונה: שדרות לה גאר, קזבלנקה, שנות ה-20 או 30 (צילום: Marcelin Flandrin).

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Wicked Local Brookline Brookline toddlers boast linguistic skills

Laura Lovett July 23, 2016 | Wicked Local Brookline

They may be tiny but some local toddlers are well on their way to learning the Hebrew language through dance and stories. Hebrew Play is an organization set up to teach young children up to age 3 Hebrew skills and Israeli culture. The classes incorporate singing, movement and stories.

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More Jewish day schools are making Hebrew optional

drew himmelstein March 24, 2016 | J Weekly

Though the school’s teachers and administrators insist Hebrew is a core part of the curriculum, the head of school recently decided to allow students in the classes of 2020 and 2021 to choose between studying Spanish or Hebrew to meet their foreign language requirement in what they’re calling a “World Language Pilot Program.” photo/andy jeung

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My First Hebrew Test

Dara Horn March 13, 2016 | E Jewish Philanthropy

It is now very unclear to me why more American Jews do not learn Hebrew. The excuses about assimilation and so forth do not explain why already-committed Jews do not learn Hebrew better, or why we are letting supposed impossibilities stand in our way. And now is exactly the moment when a massive initiative encouraging diaspora Jews to learn Hebrew might actually work. photo courtesy of Hannah Pressman.

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My First Hebrew Test

Dara Horn March 9, 2016 | Stroum Center for Jewish Studies

Why don’t more American Jews learn Hebrew? The answer seems so obvious that the question never gets asked. After all, haven’t we seen the latest Pew survey revealing that soon there won’t be any American Jews left anyway? How much can one expect from a community on life support?

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Riverdale to Hebrew speakers: ‘shalom!’

Isabel Angell January 13, 2016 | The Riverdale Press

The program is only about a month old, but seventh-grade student Molly Egan is already learning to read full words. She used to know a little Hebrew when she was younger, so the program at the Chabad is a good refresher. Photo Credit: Masao Katagami

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Embrace the Ivrit

Eylon Aslan-Levy January 12, 2016 | Tablet Magazine

The Academy of the Hebrew Language is a curious institution. Founded in 1953, in Israel’s socialist days, the AHL is Israel’s official state regulator of the Hebrew language: not only does it authorize the entry of new words into the dictionary, it also coins them. These new entries often occur at the request of a public frustrated by its reliance on using forms of bastardized English where no Hebrew alternative exists. But help is here.

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לכתוב מחוץ לגבולות: סופרים מעבר לים

יותם שווימר January 10, 2016 | Ynet

החיים הובילו את היוצרים הבאים לארוז מזוודות ולכתוב ספרים מעבר לים. ליותם שווימר הם ספרו מה הזרות עושה לעברית, איך ישראל נראית ממרחק ומה הם חושבים על העובדה שספריהם מוקצים מפרס ספיר

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Tablet Magazine What Language Do the Angels Speak?

Adam Kirsch December 8, 2015 | Tablet Magazine

American Judaism has always had a language problem. Simply put, most Jews do not know enough Hebrew to understand the basic elements of a synagogue service, the prayers and the Torah reading. Many of us learn just enough to follow along in the prayerbook, but the full meaning of the words eludes us; others simply learn to mouth the prayers by rote; still others are silent during prayer. This is obviously a problematic situation; yet the obvious solution, to conduct services in English, is also far from ideal.

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watch the most psychedelic hebrew lesson

The Jewish Standard December 7, 2015 | The Times of Israel

Beautiful artwork and animation, accompanied by deep Hebrew lyrics

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Medieval Hebrew Poets 'Come Out of Closet' in New Anthology read

Gili Izikovich November 24, 2015 | Haaretz

Recently Xargol, a Hebrew publishing house, put out an anthology of poetry called "Niflaata," which has what can be called LGBT-laden content and speaks about non-heterosexual relationships and love. Manor is one of its editors, along with Dr. Ronen Sonis, Dr. Dana Olmert, Nadav Linial and Haaretz's Benny Mer. This is the first anthology of its kind to be published in Israel, in contrast to similar works that have appeared in Europe and elsewhere in the world since the 19th century – almost from the moment the concept of homosexuality was publicly recognized in modern society.

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Israeli? Israeli-American? American? Why Speaking Hebrew Matters

Jennie Starr October 17, 2015 | The Times of Israel

Most of my family lives in Israel, but growing up I viewed Israel as my Dad’s home not mine. I didn’t understand my family during visits in Israel. They tried speaking in English, but they typically switched back to Hebrew rapidly during the most important conversations, the ones where they really connected, in Hebrew. How does a Diaspora Jew with no other concrete personal connection to Israel feel; does he/she make a strong connection and feel at home?

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Former Supreme Court justice Mishael Cheshin dies at 79

Yaron Druckman, Telem Yahav, and Raanan Ben-Zur September 19, 2015 | Ynet News

He was considered a gifted and creative user of the Hebrew language whose rich, stylistic, and personal writings showed a flesh-and-blood judge who stood among the people.

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Let's make Israeli culture a uniting force for Jews everywhere

Ido Aharoni September 16, 2015 | The Forward

First and foremost, we must redouble our commitment to that which, more than anything else, has made us a nation — education. Sociologists, rabbis, historians and philosophers have all pointed to this as the central pillar of Jewish continuity. If you want to see the force carrying the Jewish people through history, go and take a look at a Jewish child learning aleph-bet . The Hebrew alphabet and Hebrew language and the world of culture they express must be a cornerstone of the Israel-Diaspora ties.

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In an education reform battlefield Hebrew Charters are at the forefront

Emmeline Zhao August 16, 2015 | The Forward

In a country where residential ZIP codes have long dictated public school zoning, the education reform movement in recent years has also brought to the forefront a notion of school choice in which families can decide where to send their children to school on public dollars, regardless of where they live. Charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately run, have expanded across the country, most notably through large networks like KIPP Public Charter Schools, Aspire Public Schools, Insight Schools and IDEA Public Schools. Congruently, states are increasingly pressured to allocate more public dollars toward private school vouchers or charter schools in the face of parental fears that the American public education system is on the decline.

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1,500-Year-Old Burnt Scroll Deciphered at Long Last

Laura Sinpetru July 25, 2015 | Softpedia

In 1970, a badly burnt scroll dating back to 1,500 years ago was discovered by archaeologists in a synagogue at Ein Gedi in Israel. It took them quite a while but, courtesy to high-resolution scanning technologies, researchers have at long last managed to decipher this ancient manuscript. Thus, scientist Brent Seales at the University of Kentucky and his colleagues say the scroll has verses from the Book of Leviticus, which is the third book of the Hebrew Bible, inscribed on it.

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Latin, Ancient Greek, and Hebrew: three fashionable languages in Rome

July 25, 2015 | Rome Reports

These students from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome study not just Latin and Ancient Greek but also Hebrew. They attend classes during the summer because they want to learn the three ancient languages. They are different ages and come from very different backgrounds, but they all share a common interest.

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Digital imaging deciphers ancient Hebrew scroll

Yao Lan July 21, 2015 | ECNS

Israeli archaeologists said on Monday they had discerned biblical writing on a charred 1,500-year-old parchment with the help of digital imaging and described the text as the oldest found since the Dead Sea Scrolls. (Photo provided to China News Service)

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Israeli literature All change

July 13, 2015 | The Economist

ISRAEL has been immigrant-based from its founding, but the country’s cultural output has not always reflected that diversity. Ashkenazi Jews with roots in central and eastern Europe formed the country’s early elites, and art, literature and film often sought to assimilate newcomers. But a recent spate of literary awards suggest this may be changing. Earlier this year there was a furore when the country’s Sapir prize went to Reuven Namdar, a Jew whose family came to Israel from Iran, but who now lives in New York. The winner of this year’s Israeli Prize in Literature, Erez Biton, is a Jewish poet whose family emigrated from the Arab world and who was born in Algeria.

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Israeli Rock Music’s Spiritual New Sound

YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI June 12, 2015 | Wall Street Journal

Mr. Tsabari is part of a growing movement of Israeli rock musicians who are turning to Judaism for inspiration, fusing tradition with contemporary Israel to find a voice that is both Middle Eastern and Jewish.

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Israel doesn't have monopoly over great Hebrew

Haim Weiss June 8, 2015 | The Jewish Daily Forward

The Sapir Prize, as defined in its guidelines, has a sole purpose: recognizing and rewarding the best book that was published this year in the Hebrew language. The role of the prize committee is to choose a book that offers a new direction, a fresh gesture in the world of Hebrew literature — regardless of the author’s identity, background or financial situation. The choice to change the guidelines of the prize and limit it to local Israeli writers not only hurts the prize’s prestige — it works against the very fiber of Hebrew literature itself, which is in essence diasporic and does not limit itself to the constraints of one geographic region or another.

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Delray resident teaches seniors to read Hebrew

Randall P. Lieberman June 8, 2015 | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Genia Kutner, 86, of Delray Beach, believes that every Jew should know how to read Hebrew. Kutner said: "It's important for a people to have a common language. Without a common language, the Jewish people will eventually cease to exist. Therefore, it's important that all Jews know how to read Hebrew — the language of The Bible and the language of the Jewish state of Israel." Photo Credit: /Janeris Marte

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Israel's festival of books begins

Elad Zeret June 3, 2015 | YnetNews

Hebrew Book Week 2015 kicked off on Wednesday, giving Israeli bookworms around the country a chance to enjoy discounts and meet authors. "Hebrew Book Week is not just an opportunity to enjoy discounts and sales," said Amnon Ben Shmuel, director of the Book Publishers Association of Israel. Photo Credit: Ofer Amram

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Hebrew Union home to world-famous collection of 1,500 pieces of Jewish art and historical documents

Kevin Eigelbach May 27, 2015 | WCPO Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- Stored out of sight for more than a dozen years, a large collection of Jewish artwork and historical documents will see the light of day again in a new home, Cincinnati’s Skirball Museum. Earlier this month, the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection arrived at the museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College -- Jewish Institute of Religion in Clifton. Museum staff will spend the next few years unpacking, photographing, cataloging and deciding how to display the collection’s 1,500 items.

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The New Rhythm Of Israel-Diaspora Relations

Nessa Rapoport May 27, 2015 | The Jewish Week

Later, in my ever-amplifying fascination with Hebrew, I was thrilled. Hebrew — a global language, an ancient-modern tongue miraculously awakened when so many languages are dying daily — is on the sidewalks of my city and now in charter schools. Millions of people speak Hebrew, the only successfully revived language in history. Now I’ve reached the wisdom stage. As we bewail the assimilation of American Jewry and our lack of Hebrew literacy, here in the U.S. are hundreds of thousands of Israelis who know Hebrew, a gift that even those of us committed to the finest day school education struggle to bequeath our children.

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סופרים ומו"לים זועמים על ההחלטה להעניק את פרס ספיר רק לתושבי הארץ

גילי איזיקוביץ May 27, 2015 | Haaretz

ערה בעולם הספרות הישראלי, לאחר הפרסום על השינויים הצפויים בתקנון פרס ספיר של מפעל הפיס. סופרים ומו"לים מתקשים לקבל את התיקון שלפיו מי שלא חי בישראל לא יוכל להיות מועמד לפרס: הם רואים בכך החלטה אנטי ספרותית ואנטי־ציונית ותוהים על המניע העומד מאחורי התיקון.בפעם האחרונה הוענק הפרס לראובן נמדר עבור ספרו "הבית אשר נחרב", ושמו של נמדר, בן ליוצאי איראן שנולד בישראל, עשה את שירותו הצבאי כחייל ישראלי בלבנון וחי כיום במנהטן, מוזכר בקשר לאותו סעיף בעייתי המגדיר תנאי־סף חדשים למועמדות לפרס. על פי התיקון שהכניס דירקטוריון הפרס, מהשנה הנוכחית על הסופר או הסופרת המועמדים להיות "אזרח או תושב קבע שמרכז חייו בישראל". במילים אחרות, נמדר לא יכול היה להיות אפילו מועמד לפרס אילו יצא ספרו השנה. קרדיט תמונה: מירה ממון

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Hebrew inscriptions, jewels of Palmyra’s Jewish past, may be lost forever

ILAN BEN ZION May 25, 2015 | The Times of Israel

Among the archaeological gems from Palmyra, the pearl of Syria’s desert, at risk after the Islamic State’s takeover last week are vestiges of its Jewish past, including the longest Biblical Hebrew inscription from antiquity: the opening verses of the Shema carved into a stone doorway.

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Writing in Hebrew in the Diaspora

Beth Kissileff May 19, 2015 | The Jerusalem Post

The conference was put together by Cambridge-based literary historian Yaron Peleg, the Kennedy Leigh Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Studies and Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge University, who says he is “keenly interested in contemporary Israeli culture.” Sixty-seven years into the statehood of modern Israel, the idea of convening a conference on the Hebrew culture that exists in the Diaspora remains anathema to many. Photo Credit: Reuters

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German daily features Hebrew headline

JTA May 14, 2015 | The Times of Israel

But that wasn’t why Germany’s most widely read newspaper featured Hebrew on its front page this week. The Bild newspaper Tuesday included a bold headline in Hebrew – “Good Day, Israel!” — as part of a special issue marking 50 years of diplomatic relations with the Jewish state and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s state visit. A cuddly photo of Rivlin and his German counterpart, Joachim Gauck, appeared below the fold. Above the fold was the paper’s usual sexy lady. Photo: JTA

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The House of Twenty Thousand Books

Michael Lieberman May 14, 2015 | seattlepi.com

From book collector to bookseller to consultant on Hebrew books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s, from never attending school to the head of the department of Hebrew and Jewish studies at University of London, Chimen Abramsky’s evolution is a testament to the power of words and of our printed past. Along the way Chimen had assembled the greatest collection of socialist literature in private hands and then did it again building an unparalleled collection of Judaica.

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The people who bring 'Israeliness' to the English-speaking world

Mira Sucharov May 9, 2015 | Haaretz

What someone writes clearly says a lot about a person. And so does which books one chooses to translate. For Israeli books which make it abroad to an English-speaking audience, an important and sometimes overlooked subset of Israeli literary society is the translators themselves. Himself an accomplished author based in Chicago (his newest book is a young adult novel called Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You), as a translator, Todd Hasak-Lowy sees it as his mission to bring excellent and innovative literature to English speakers.Photo by http://www.southjerusalem.com/

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Natalie Portman: from Star Wars to star of the show

Vanessa Thorpe May 9, 2015 | The Guardian

At the Cannes film festival, both Portman’s spirit and her creative talent will be celebrated when her screen adaptation of the Oz memoir receives its world premiereon 18 May. The event will also mark a bold turn in Portman’s career; the actress, who won an Oscar in 2011 for her leading role in Black Swan, has not only written and directed the new film, but has also insisted on making it in Hebrew. Her producer Ram Bergman explained: “She said, ‘It’s got to be a love letter in Hebrew.’” When he pointed out how much harder it would make things, she told him she did not care. So far, the film has no distribution deal in the US.

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Bringing Hebrew to Life for Our Students

FELICE MILLER BARITZ May 7, 2015 | The Jewish Link

Hebrew is a very rich and dynamic language. Did you know a funny word like Kashkesh can mean chat, doodle, and be silly? This language, our language, can come alive for students in any learning environment. At Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, NY, we wanted to bring Hebrew to life—to make it relevant, engaging, and fun. More accurately, we needed to make a change. Parents told us they wanted their children to be exposed to and to learn more Hebrew. What we had been doing in kindergarten, first, and second grade—a constant repetition of learning the Alef Bet without any context for this learning—was not working. Children were matriculating through these early classes with little Hebrew language knowledge

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Mizrachi music on the rise, says Berkeley musician

dan pine May 7, 2015 | J Weekly.com

Though she grew up playing Bach and Beethoven on the cello, Rachel Valfer remembers, even as a little girl, feeling deeply moved by the modal melodies of Middle Eastern music. And she thinks she knows why. “So many Middle Eastern musicians are Jewish,” says the Berkeley native, “because we feel it. It’s in our bones in some way. And we’re interested in returning to where we come from.”

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נווה צדק חוגגת 120

קובי פינקלר May 6, 2015 | Channel 7 News

פסח תרמ"ז(1887), נערך טקס חנוכת עשרת הבתים הראשונים של השכונה הראשונה בתל אביב. הרחק מיפו ובמרומי דיונת החול חגגו המתיישבים את תחילת מימוש החזון של הקמת שכונה עברית ראשונה, אותה קיוו לפתח לכרך שוקק חיי תרבות עברית ומסחר. החלום הפך למציאות, נווה צדק היוותה השראה להקמת העיר תל אביב וכולכם מוזמנים לחגוג ולהכיר תודה למתיישבים הראשונים. בית רוקח הוא פנינה אדריכלית, שעבר לאחרונה שיפוץ וחידוש התצוגה . כבר בכניסה חשים בקצב חיים אחר ובתחושת יצירה. בכל יום שישי בשעה 12:00 הדרכה בבית רוקח הכוללת תה ורדים ותופינים. צילום: שמוליק מסוט

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The Indifference to Adult Jewish Illiteracy

Myron H. Dembo May 5, 2015 | The Jewish Journal

according to the Pew Research Center Report, only 11 percent of Jews can read and understand Hebrew; they know that many people don’t believe in the omnipotent conception of God as described in the Torah, and many people don’t see the purpose of prayer. The congregants also know that the rabbi knows about the confusion in their beliefs and lack of Hebrew skills, but the two rarely say anything to each other about it.

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Israel Independence Day's inventory list: What to keep and what to chuck away

Karni Eldad April 22, 2015 | i24 News

My family has been in Israel going back nine generations (I can feel my ancestors in every step I take, in the familiar feeling of the land beneath my feet). I still get excited over our ancient language - Hebrew. When I see a sign written in Hebrew something inside stirs. When I am stuck in traffic I have the time to think about the path Hebrew has traveled until it was ready to be used in an ad campaign or about those juicy curses in Hebrew cab drivers here seem to like so much.

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Exhibit draws on artist’s childhood to highlight artistry in the Hebrew alphabet

Jaime Gropper April 21, 2015 | The Justice, Brandeis Students Newspaper

Currently on view in the Women’s Studies Research Center Kniznick Gallery, Father Tongue portrays a unique connection between visual art and the Hebrew language. Combining themes of feminism, abstraction, space and language, the exhibit is a multidisciplinary installation that includes large-scale wall drawings, murals and a sound piece. The artist behind the installation, Milcah Bassel, holds a postbaccalaureate certificate in studio art from Brandeis. She created the large-scale wall drawings of Father Tongue on site as the Hadassah Brandeis Institute Artist-in-Residence. Photo: By Heather Schiller/the Justice

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Grateful Dead in Hebrew — new album offers a new listening experience

alix wall, j. April 21, 2015 | J Weekly.com

It took him about 18 months, he said, to translate 16 songs, and he was methodical in which he chose. “That was the difficult part, to sit with their songbook and choose, because some of their songs are untranslatable,” Rotem said. “I couldn’t have done the free-flowing ones, like ‘Eyes of the World’ or ‘Terrapin Station.’ I chose the ones that are more blues-based or ballad-based, which are more approachable.” Once the songs were chosen, with each, he had to come up with a word or concept that he called “the bingo moment,” that proved to him he could do it. For example, when he knew “Sugaree” could become “Matokoti” (My Sweet), and when he realized that “I Know You Rider” has the same number of syllables to correspond with “Ani Yodea” (I Know).

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They Speak Hebrew And Keep Kosher: The Left-Behind Ethiopian Jews

Gregory Warner April 16, 2015 | npr

In the half darkness of an adobe hut in Gondar, Ethiopia, 20-year-old Gezahegn ("Gezi") Derebe pulls out an acoustic guitar. As on many evenings when the power goes out, he entertains his family by singing. Though his mother, Ayelesh, sways to the tune, she doesn't understand the lyrics, because Gezi sings not in his native Amharic, but in Hebrew. Behind him, on a wall kept cool with a traditional mixture of cow dung and ash, hangs a laminated map of Israel. Above it are the framed photographs of his relatives who have already managed to emigrate there.

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Soccer star sports reverse Hebrew tat

STUART WINER April 15, 2015 | The Times of Israel

op soccer player had fans scratching their heads during a championship game on Tuesday between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid in the Spanish capital after he inadvertently revealed a Hebrew tattoo on his back that was not only grammatically incorrect, but also written backward. The revelation came after the Croatian-born Mario Mandžukić, who plays for Atlético Madrid, was elbowed in the face as he went for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match. Photo: screen capture: YouTube/GTA PC Game)

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Immigration Ministry to outsource Hebrew studies for olim

Omri Efraim April 5, 2015 | Ynet News

The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption has begun the process of privatizing of some of the Hebrew schools (ulpan) services it offers new olim, a move that raised concern among teachers working at the schools who fear they might lose their jobs.

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The poetry of Passover: Inspiring with poetry on the Haggadah

Annie Hall March 31, 2015 | Jewish News Online

Rabbi Cohen is also aware that many people struggle to read Hebrew. He says: “So the sublime beauty of the psalms and the other Biblical Hebrew passages in our prayer book, is lost on them

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500 year-old Hebrew Bible goes on display in Oxford

Staff Writer March 31, 2015 | Jewish News Online

A Hebrew Bible dating back to 1476 is among 130 priceless objects in a new exhibition open to the public in Oxford. The exhibition, entitled Marks of Genius, showcases masterpieces from the collections of the Bodleian Libraries, a priceless gathering of outstanding world treasures. The event at the newly-renovated Weston Library runs for six months. A condensed version of the exhibition, featuring 62 items, ran at the Morgan Library in New York last year and was described by the New York Times as “A history of awesome in one room”

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שירת מקהלה בישראל: זן בסכנת הכחדה

יון פדר March 31, 2015 | Yediot Achronot ידיעות אחרונות

במלאת עשור למותו של גארי ברתיני, האב המיסד של סצנת המקהלות האמנותיות בישראל, נפתח חודש מופעי שירת מקהלה. בארץ פועלות אמנם כמה מקהלות מקצועיות ושל חובבים, אך בהיעדר חינוך מוסיקלי בבתי הספר ועם תקציבי תמיכה מגוחכים, זירת זו נמצאת בסכנת התכלות בתמונה: מקהלת בית ספר "בית רב"ן"בארוע חגיגת זמר עברי בניו יורק. צלם: גרי גרשוף

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Visiting professor praises Israeli poet’s influence on Hebrew literature

VINESH KOVELAMUDI March 10, 2015 | The Daily Texan

Erez Biton used his literary talents to invent a type of language through poetry that had been previously non-existent in Israeli society, according to a visiting Israeli professor from New York. Prior to Biton’s poetry, Hebrew literature primarily dealt with the motives of Jewish life in Europe, according to Sami Shalom Chetrit, a renowned Moroccan-Israeli poet and professor, who spoke Monday at the Avaya auditorium.

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A pioneering Hebrew writer

Alexander Zvielli February 26, 2015 | The Jerusalem Post

visionary Hebrew writer, editor, publicist and translator, approve of this recent extensive incursion into his private life? Maybe he would, because his biographer is frank and in Yosef Haim Brenner – A Life, writes in her subject’s own direct style and manner. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons)

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The 'edgiest' singer on Israeli airwaves is an Orthodox mother of three

Daniel Estrin February 23, 2015 | PRI

Hanna, a longtime fixture of the small indie Jewish spiritual music scene, released her first single this month — and it became an instant Internet sensation. The song is called Aleph Bet, the name of the Hebrew alphabet, and the music video is hypnotic and strange. Credit: Courtesy Victoria Hanna

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Connecting Jewish children to Israel

Darryl Egnal February 20, 2015 | Jewish Boston

Creating a link between Jewish children growing up in the Diaspora and the Jewish homeland is something that many organizations work tirelessly to achieve, but none has the impact of a Jewish educator and none more so than a teacher from Israel itself.

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Who will Come to the Rescue of Brooklyn’s Jews?

Staff Writer February 16, 2015 | The Yeshiva World News

“It was such a nachas ruach to see the room full with people who were so eager to connect with the Hebrew language”, said Rabbi Moshe Fingerer, Director and co-founder of BJX.

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סופרים ישראלים וספרות עברית- שיקגו

ענת טנר February 12, 2015 | Yediot America

הרוחות העזות הנושבות בעירנו לא הצליחו לפוגג את רוחה של התרבות והספרות העברית, שהגיעה בשבוע שעבר לעיר הרוחות. הרגשנו כמו בבית, גופנו במרכז המערב וליבנו במזרח. יוזמת רעיון שבוע הספר העברי הראשון הייתה של שליחת הסוכנות, סופי פלמן, ששבה ארצה בקיץ. ועדת היגוי בראשות צפי בן יוסף, טלי זר ציון ותמר קליפשטיין, שמשכו ברתמות והקדישו את מרצם וכוחם ליצירת אירוע מרשים ומרתק בעזרת צוות מתנדבים מסור.

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New Hebrew teaching programme to cover over 4000 students

News Staff Writer February 11, 2015 | Jewish News UK

Jewish leaders and educators in UK have welcomed the launch of a new Ivrit (Hebrew) teaching programme being rolled out across a dozen Jewish secondary schools across the country. The Yesh Va’Yesh Wohl Hebrew Programme has been developed with Israeli partners and will cover over 4,000 students annually in years 7-9.

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‘It’s Magic, Turning These Pieces Into Gold’

Sandee Brawarsky February 10, 2015 | The Jewish Week

In Barbara Wolff’s work illuminating Psalm 104, now at the Morgan Library & Museum, each bird is brilliantly colored and artfully realistic. The tree is set against a background of gentle hill... Photo: http://www.artofbarbarawolff.com/

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A Hebrew Opera? On Shabtai Zvi? On creating an "intercontinental" libretto in Boston, Jerusalem and Moscow

Matti Kovler February 10, 2015 | ROI Community Blog

began thinking about the idea of writing an opera on Shabtai Zvi when I first read Gershom Sholem in high-school. Most of the musical numbers were written during the 2nd intifada while I was serving in the IDF...And yet, when it comes to the Hebrew language, I have always felt that because of Hebrew’s consonances, because of its depth, it needed to have a different vocal treatment. Photo Credit: Blogger

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A Gospel Choir in Israel? Why Not?

Daniella Cheslow February 4, 2015 | PRI

Music teachers Ofer and Iris Portugaly — both Israelis — were inspired by music they heard in churches in Nigeria, so they dedided to launch their own ensemble back home. Ofer and Iris Portugaly, both Jewish, met 27 years ago, when they were students at Berklee College of Music in Boston. They were studying jazz, but the gospel choir used to rehearse in the room next door.

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Book honors Israeli author Kishon decade after death

Yoram Schwimmer January 30, 2015 | Ynet News

Hungarian-born Ephraim Kishon's works brought together in new book which sheds light on his unique understanding of Hebrew – his second language.

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Hannah Szenes: A hero of the Hebrew language

Sharon Geva January 29, 2015 | Haaretz

The collected letters of Hannah Szenes, who was parachuted into Europe in 1944 and killed by the Nazis, is a self-portrait of an enchanting woman. Image: GPO

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How Ruby Namdar Wrote the Great Hebrew American Novel

Beth Kissileff January 27, 2015 | The Forward

RN: It is the first Hebrew American novel in many, many decades. It is a Jewish American tale told only the way an Israeli could tell it. It is an unusual story. It takes place in New York fourteen years ago, but it jumps between New York of 2000 and the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It tells of a year in the life of a college professor who lives in New York, is successful and elegant and and has a severe midlife crisis.

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The Times of Israel On Tel Aviv's glorious Bialik Street, architecture ranges wildly from eclectic to Bauhaus

Shmuel Bar-Av January 24, 2015 | The Times of Israel

Bialik, Israel’s National Poet, was a celebrated figure long before he moved to the Holy Land in 1924. In fact, he was so famous that as soon as decided to immigrate and purchased a plot in Tel Aviv, the tiny road next to his un-built house was changed from Bezalel Hill to Bialik Street. Photo Credit: Shmuel Bar-Av

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UA Responds to Interest in Hebrew With New Course

Evan Rosenfeld January 22, 2015 | The University of Arizona Magazine

Despite the resurgence of Hebrew, especially in the legal, business and political domains, few public institutions of higher education in the United States offer programs enabling students to explore Israeli culture while developing fluency in the Hebrew language. Photo: Beatriz Verdugo/UANews

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Hebrew Through Movement

Editorial January 21, 2015 | Today's Family Magazine

On any given day, a Hebrew classroom at The Temple Tifereth-Israel (TTTI) might easily be confused for a drama or even exercise class. Students—in some cases together with parents—are moving around and even acting out. They all are participating in a dynamic way of learning a language—known as Hebrew Through Movement.

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40 New and Expanding Dual Language Programs Coming to NYC Schools

Amy Zimmer January 14, 2015 | DNAInfo NY

From Hebrew to Haitian Creole, 40 new and expanded dual language programs will open across the city next September, as the city revamps the admission process to the classes.

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Language of the Hebrew man

Jessica Steinberg January 12, 2015 | The Times of Israel

If it’s January 12, it must be Hebrew Language Day, organized by the dedicated linguists at Hebrew University’s Academy of the Hebrew Language

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ELI talks - Contemporary Israel: A Language of People and Sounds

The iCenter Staff January 12, 2015 | The i-Center for Israel Education

Udi Krauss, a musician and Israel educator, shares the importance of Hebrew, mifgashim and connecting to contemporary Israel in this ELI talks sponsored by the iCenter - VIDEO

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Hebrew words in English you didn't even know you knew

Elon Gilad January 11, 2015 | Haaretz

It's Hebrew Language Week in Israel, which is an apt time to consider Hebrew words you didn't even know you know – because they have become embedded in the English language. Many originate with the bible, first and foremost amen. In Hebrew it originally meant "true and solid," but today means the same as the English word. Photo: Dreamstime

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Berlin Jewish Museum's new director: Only education can stop new phenomena of anti-Semitism.

Moshe Gilad January 7, 2015 | Haaretz

"My talk with Prof. Peter Schäfer, the new director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, goes on for more than two hours. We’re sitting in his office on the top floor of the museum, and he insists on speaking Hebrew. His language is accurate and coherent, but it’s clear he doesn’t use it often..."

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Arabrew: Can new typeface create Arab-Jewish equality in Israel?

Esther Zandberg January 1, 2015 | Haaretz

As can be seen in the road signs for Arab communities, to mention just one example, in Israel the Arabic language has been marginalized at the expense of Hebrew. This is further emphasized by the contrast between the square and aggressive Hebrew typefaces of official Israel and the softer and more rounded letters of typical Arabic typefaces, a difference that in fact reflects the balance of powers between the country’s Jewish and Arab communities.

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Yona Wallach's Hebrew "peeks through the keyhole"

December 11, 2014 | Israel in Translation, TLV1 Radio

Yona Wallach was born in 1944 in Tel Aviv and never travelled outside Israel's borders. Eleven collections of her poetry have been published during her lifetime and posthumously, and many of her songs have been put to music.

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Introducing Mommy and Me, Hebrew Style

Toby Tabachnick December 10, 2014 | The Jewish Chronicle

Ali Grabell does not speak Hebrew, but she and her son, 6-month-old Evan, look forward each week to a 45-minute session immersing themselves in the language through songs, dance and play.

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Book: Three Thousand years of Hebrew Versification

Prof. Benjamin Harshav December 9, 2014 | Yale News

In this study of the forms of Hebrew poetry, Benjamin Harshav examines Hebrew verse during three millennia of changing historical and cultural contexts.

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Sufi from the Land of Hebrew

Sumati Mehrishi November 8, 2014 | The New Indian Express

Ajmer-based Israeli singer and musician Shye Ben Tzur explains how Hebrew, his mother tongue, is the connecting umbilical chord in this emotional transition from hometown Tel Aviv to Ajmer, and from one culture to another.

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IDF Soldiers Educate the Next Generation

October 16, 2014 | Israel Defense Forces Blog

One of the most unique branches of the IDF is its Education Corps, faced with a variety of tasks involving the promotion of national values. This one-of-a-kind branch works in a range of fields connecting the IDF with Israeli society.

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Half the World's Languages May Be Endangered

Joel N. Shurkin August 20, 2014 | Inside Science

When his son, Ben-Zion Ben-Yehuda, was born in 1882, Ben-Yehuda and his wife spoke to him only in Hebrew and protected him from hearing other languages.

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American Jewry must reclaim the Hebrew language

Ari Rudolph April 2, 2014 | JTA

A key component that unifies a people or nation is a common language. The Jewish people are no exception; the Hebrew language is an essential element of what constitutes the Jewish nation. Hebrew often is the only common language in the room – the lingua franca – when Jews from different parts of the globe get together (native English-speaking Jews aside, for the most part). Conversely, the lack of a unifying language creates a great gulf between people. It leads to misunderstandings and frustrations on both sides, and ultimately lessens the fraternal bond. So for the sake of the Jewish future, the American Jewish community needs to reclaim Hebrew.

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Did Adam and Eve Speak Hebrew in the Garden of Eden?

Philologos November 17, 2013 | The Forward

An article recently posted in the online Jewish magazine Tablet is titled “Examining Edenics, the Theory That English (and Every Other Language) Came From Hebrew”; it bears the subtitle “An eccentric Jerusalem-based researcher believes he’s found the key to the origin of tongues — in the Bible.” The “guru of Edenics,” as the Tablet article calls him, is a largely self-taught linguist named Isaac Mozeson...

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A Journey in Hebrew

Sig Kharasch July 1, 2013 | The Jerusalem Post Ivrit

Meet Sig Kharasch, a native English speaker who honed his Hebrew skills through Hebrew College Ulpan classes. Read the article he wrote about his transformative journey.

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New Initiaive - Chofshi in Manhattan

March 20, 2013 | IsraeliLifeUSA.com

(In Hebrew)

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Memo to American Jews: Learn Hebrew. Gulf Between Israel and Diaspora Is Growing Fast

David Hazony April 9, 2012 | Forward

There are no good reasons that today, all self-respecting American Jews shouldn’t gain a working knowledge of Hebrew. But there are at least two overwhelming reasons that they should.

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Devarim - The Importance of Hebrew

Rabbi Jason Miller August 5, 2011 | Rabbi Jason Blog

As a child, one of my favorite songs was a silly song that taught new Hebrew words using English puns (“Etz a nice tree! How do you say ‘tree’ in Hebrew? Etz!). The refrain is “Ivrit, Ivrit, Ivrit Daber Ivrit” (Hebrew, Hebrew, Speak Hebrew). This song was a staple at Family Camp during my youth and now my own children love to sing it too. I’ve taught this song on the bus during trips I’ve led through Israel because it’s a simple way for participants to return home having learned a few dozen Hebrew words. After all, one can’t travel to Israel without learning some Hebrew – the indispensible language of the Jewish people.

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Story of Modern Hebrew: 22 Letters That Witnessed History

Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg January 1, 2009 | JEWISH EXPONENT

Amherst College professor and prolific writer Ilán Stavans' most recent book,Resurrecting Hebrew, recounts the story of how, at the end of the 19th century, Lithuanian-born lexicographer Eliezer Ben-Yehuda reinvented the Hebrew language as the "centerpiece of Zionism" -- "the living tongue" of a new, modern nation to be known as Israel.

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Correction of common grammatical and syntactical errors in Hebrew

Shlomi Fish March 4, 2007 | Shlomi Fish

(In Hebrew)

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