Crazy Herb's Hebrew Words: Memory Systems for Learning Jewish Culture and Modern Hebrew

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AuthorHouse, Dec 19, 2006 - Foreign Language Study - 164 pages
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Excerpt from Table of Contents: Remembering items in a list; Hebrew months with Holidays; The Ten Commandments; Colors; Learning the “Aleph Bet”; Numeric values of Hebrew letters; “Ot-bosh"; Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, Writings; Who, what, when, where, why, how and how much, how many; Names of the vowels; Recommendations for the Hebrew School teacher; Learning vocabulary with perfect spelling; More vocabulary words; Feminine nouns that appear masculine; Expressions; Prepositions - To, For, On etc.; Pronouns; Possessive adjectives, direct object and indirect object pronouns; Letter groupings and interactions; Binyanim - converting roots into verbs; The Seven Binyanim; Conjugating regular verbs past, present and future; Memorizing a verb’s definition, spelling and binyan in one step; The “Sounds Like” dictionary  


Example from lesson on memorizing months in order with the holidays in each;

 (Tammuz in Hebrew) Tammuz; Tzom Tammuz = 17th of Tammuz; Tom Cruise (sounds like Tammuz), while reading a magazine, is driving a car (car reminds you it is the fourth month) with the original stone tablet Ten Commandments strapped to the grill. He drives very fast past you and crashes into a wall. He gets out and starts babbling from the shock. As a result of the crash, the stone tablets that were strapped to the front of the car are broken. By driving fast it reminds you this is a fast day. You will soon learn that magazine is the peg for 17 from the girl’s magazine named Seventeen. This holiday commemorates the breaking of the first set of the Ten Commandments and breaching the walls of Jerusalem (and subsequent destruction of the First Temple) by the Babylonians.

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About the author (2006)

Herb Fried and his wife Linda are attorneys in Fried and Fried, P.A. in Fort Myers, Florida.   For May 2006 through May 2008 he is the President of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. He has taught Sunday school and adult education classes using the methods taught in this book. He is available for comments or questions at (put Crazy Herb in subject line)

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