Want to be more interesting? How about learning a whole new language?

What’s so special about Hebrew?

The Jewish people are unique, and our mother tongue is no exception. Don’t believe me? Here are but a few factoids about the Hebrew language (so you can own the next bar trivia night, and impress that bartender that is way out of your league):

  • Hebrew is the first language which recorded an alphabet. That’s right: first books ever written were in Hebrew, baby!
  • Even the word alphabet has it’s roots in the hebrew language. Check it:

The first two letters of the hebrew alphabet: Alef + Bet –>
The greeks adopted it:                                  alpha + Beta =
and, valla:                                                        alphabet

  • Hebrew is the ONLY ancient language still spoken today (sorry latin, you had your moment to shine)
  • Hebrew is the most recent language to be adopted as the official language of a state.

So why should I learn Hebrew?

  • Master it and you have access to 4,000 years of recorded history.
  • Ever heard the expression “lost in translation”? well, the torah is the single best distributed book on earth. How about reading it in it’s original form?
  • Because the “special price, only for you” at the shuk is about 800% mark up of what the necklace would cost had you asked in hebrew.
  • Hebrew is not like any other language. There is meaning behind the shape, sound, structure and appearance of every letter, which is further layered to create words based on their inner essence.

For example: in english, DOG = dog only because that is what we associate with the 4-legged creature who barks at cats and likes having his tummy rubbed.

In hebrew however,, the word for dog is kelev. Which can be broken down to:
Ke – a prefix meaning “like”
lev – the root word meaning “heart”
what’s the essence of a dog as per the Hebrew language? “like heart” aka – loyal. the word itself demonstrates the essence of the item it describes. Mind blown.

  • If you know modern Hebrew and the ancient alphabets you can (mostly) read Moabite, Canaanite, Old Negev, Phoenician, Akkadian and Aramaic. That’s a whole lot of diversity for your resume!

Ok, I’m sold! But how can I learn all that in 3 hours?

The hebrew alphabet consists of 22 consonants. Instead of vowels, nikkudot (accents) are added to the consonants to change pronunciation. The consonants are further combined into 3 to 4 letter roots (aka shorashim). Each verb and many nouns can be broken down into a 3 or 4 letter root and a prefix or suffix. Once you get how it works, all you need are a few common word roots and basic knowledge of prefixes and suffixes and you can begin deciphering sentences! Just like that!

In 3 sessions (3 hours in total!), we will teach you:

  • How the hebrew language is structured.
  • The alphabet and nikkudot; including how to read, write and pronounce each one.
  • 20 most commonly used ‘roots’ and 15 prefixes and suffixes that when combined, lend way to the fundamentals of the Hebrew language and the ability to begin structuring sentences.

We purposely keep our classes small to ensure individualized attention. So yes, in 4 sessions, you will build a strong foundation. And to help you master Hebrew, we offer ongoing conversational Hebrew classes.

I’m in! What’s next?

We are offering 2 Levels of Hebrew Class:

  • Level 1: the Hebrew Crash Course
  • Level 2: Conversational Hebrew and vocabulary building

Refreshments will be served.

When?

Classes are held every Monday evening:
Level 1 meets from 6:30-7:30PM.
Level 2 meets from 7:30-8:30PM.

Where?

165 East 56th street
New York, NY 10022

*** ID required to enter the building ***

How do I RSVP?

To register, click here

Questions? Comments?

Direct all inquiries to Leah at leah@roots-ny.com or call 917-974-8219

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