Hebrew Language Instruction (4 fall 2005)

I recently had the opportunity to meet – in person – one of the virtual acquaintances that I have made while moderating Lookjed. This particular individual was visiting Israel from Finland because it was Shavua HaSefer – “book week” in Israel – and she knew that she could buy Hebrew books at a discount. “Ever since my father, who was a Lutheran pastor, would read meTanakh in Hebrew, I loved the language,” Kristina said. Now retired from teaching, she spends her time translating contemporary Hebrew literature into Finnish. Her devotion to the language stands in contrast with my experiences with Jewish students in the classroom, many of whom appeared stymied by the confusing cast of characters that march across the page from right-to-left.

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