By Rafi Metz
to Read Hebrew," a Book of Exercises
This book is arranged to guide the student through the process of learning to read Hebrew by a series of specific steps. It does not teach grammar or comprehension, which are a much different project. Any use of Hebrew for reading requires the skills demonstrated here.
Ideally, this will be used in conjunction with a teacher, or using online tutorial material. The intent of this book is to present the letters in a large, un-crowded and clear font, and to provide exercises in the form of visual mnemonic devices. By the end, you will be able to read the short “Modeh Ani,” meditation, and Psalm 23 and Psalm 121.
The book comes in two sizes:
Both versions have the same, large, clear fonts that are easy on the eyes and easy to learn from. The larger version includes a chart of the trup for reading the haftarah. Screen shots of the pages are shown below.
because the book opens from the left, like all Hebrew books, the Blurb
preview will seem to be "upside down," but you can still see
the detail and then just flip the book over when it's in your hands.
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|After 20 years of persistent, small steps, my illustrated translation of the Song of Solomon is available as a finished, printed, hardcover book. You can preview the book, read more about it, and even purchase a copy! The $3 profit made on each sale will go to charity.|
Be sure to use the "full screen" option ~ the button on the lower right of the viewer, by the blurb logo.
The book is 68 pages, in Hebrew and English, with full trope on the Hebrew. It also contains a version of k'Gavna Dayinun, and the Kiddush Levanah ~ The Sanctification of the Moon. The entire book is full of my artwork and rubric I created for the Song. It makes an excellent marriage gift, as I have presented it as a type of "marriage guide."
SEFER YOMIM ~ A Jewish Book of Days
This book is simply a version of the Jewish calendar, with space to write in important dates like births, weddings, and yahrzeits. It works in any year, because the Jewish calendar of festivals and yom tovs is unchanging. The only thing that changes from year to year is the relationship with the Civil or "Gregorian" calendar, based on the seven day week. With the Hebrew date as the "anchor," the Civil calendar date can be written in the space provided if desired.
I have also included the yahrzeits of gedolim, leaders and teachers in the Jewish world. In the back of the book are several pages for recording English - Hebrew name correspondences with addition blank pages for notes. A list of the Jewish teachers and leaders that are in the book is in the back.
Because this book is printed to open from the left, like a regular Hebrew text, it shows upside down in the preview. Here is the book preview in blurb where it can be purchased.
This book is 5" x 8" inches, 88 pages, for $18.00.