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Published: August 13, 2011

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Visitor Comments: 32

(26) Anonymous, August 27, 2013 1:22 PM

Modern Hebrew vs. Biblical Hebrew

It is amazing how many people believe that Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew "are totally different languages." If one can say that American English and British English are totally different languages, I will agree with them. Sure there are differences in both accounts. In modern Hebrew, you will not find a vav conversive. There are differences in words and in the way you say things, but I would not say the two are totally different. One who knows modern Hebrew and has never studied biblical Hebrew could understand the Torah when read aloud. You can swallow a physic in England, but not in the US. You may find that the chips you order in England is not what you get in the US. A bobby in the States is not always a bobby in England. But one would not say that the two languages are "totally different." Those who think Biblical and Modern Hebrew are totally different are expressing their own knowledge level of the languages.

(25) Anonymous, February 19, 2013 9:36 PM

Well, dear, it won't get easier any later...

Hubby and I just really began in earnest this year. We are 60 and 63...and it is OH SO HARD!! But we have to always consider that today we know a bit more than we did last year!! DO IT before you get any older!! We wanted to read the TORAH for ourselves!!

(24) Mati, August 19, 2011 8:11 PM

A commandment to learn Hebrew

It is written in the Torah something to the affect that, "You shall not add to nor subtract from these words which I command you..." Guess what? When you translate, you always loose something and you always gain something...even when the translation is one word.

(23) Elaine, August 19, 2011 1:56 AM

tips for learning lashon hakodosh

For several years now my passion has been lashon kosesh with a focus on davening and chumach with Rashi and mevorchim. Here are some resources and techniques that have worked for me: -read parsha and the Rashis every week - starting in English then Hebrew using The Metsudah Chumach/Rashi -Following the reading of the Torah each week in shul -Davening with the Artscroll Interlinear Siddur -using one of the excellent texts from EKS Publishing p 1. Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way 2. The First Hebrew Primer - taking an online class from WebYeshiva. They offer a class "Learning Tanach /Text Starting from Square One -Jacob Richman has serveral sites - Learning Hebrew with Pictures and Audio and Learning Hebrew Verbs -a program like Quizlet offers free flashcards on Hebrew verbs -Aish offers one-on one learning on the subject of your choice -Daily review -It is well worth the effort! Good luck!

(22) Sunbeam, August 18, 2011 3:11 PM

Aleph-to learn. Learning Biblical Hebrew

Modern Hebrew wouldn't be of use to me living outside of Israel, Biblical Hebrew is part of my devotional Bible studies. To understand the Bible language, is helpful to accurately translate, for my own personal use, beliefs, faith, and communion with God. Helpful, to not be moved when it's spoken of, contrary to the nature of God. We can have a "knowing" however, our "knowing" we can't find documented. I have found in learning the holy language, the "knowing" is documented in the Sacred language. You don't have to be an expert in the language to start finding the treasures, word by word, at a time. The deeper you dig, the more treasures of Gold you find. Our "knowing" is known as faith, turns into substance we find, within the holy language.

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