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VIN News Exclusive: Music Video Being Filmed at Japanese Prison Where Bochurim Are Being Held Starring Fried and Daskal

Inspired by the success of the Unity music video which featured Jewish music’s best and brightest working together to raise funds and awareness for Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, singer Shloime Daskal decided to embark on a similar project of his own.

He contacted Unity producer Danny Finkelman and suggested another video, this one to be filmed at the Japanese prison where Israeli bochurim Yoel Zev Goldstein and Yaakov Yosef …

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Rabbis Throw Planned New Jersey Hebrew Charter School Shalom Academy Under the Bus

Rabbis Throw Planned New Jersey Hebrew Charter School Shalom Academy Under the Bus

… and an area rabbi and several others are speaking out last-minute against a planned New Jersey Hebrew charter school.

To our mind, after first supporting it, now throwing a major new school project under the bus is not a very kosher thing to do, especially when the rabbis in question have no visible education credentials or experience.

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“License to Kvell,” New Blog from Author Joel Samberg, Stirs Up a Little Wit, Sarcasm & Introspection

… concerned, it’s obvious that this one is a kosher breath of fresh air,” says Marc Feingold, a music business executive from New Jersey who was one of the blog’s first regular readers.

“The column proposing a Jewish reality show called ‘Jew Swap’ actually made use of the good old-fashioned comic connections between Jews and Chinese food,” adds Irene Levine, a teacher from Long Island, another new fan. “So I’m sure it’s also going to be a somewhat non-kosher breath of …

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YU launches Hebrew mentoring workshop

… from the Yeshiva University high schools will be participating in a new independent study Hebrew literature course in which they will be mentored by a renowned Israeli author with the goal of developing their Hebrew-language creative writing skills.

Entitled “Meet the Israeli Author,” the workshop is the first of its kind in a North American Jewish high school.

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Hebrew University’s Sarcasm Detector One of Year’s Best Inventions (Time Magazine)

… ranked the year’s best fifty inventions and included an application developed at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.

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Pick Out Songs for Hanukkah!

Pick Out Songs for Hanukkah!

… Below are some tips in finding good songs for Hanukkah.

There are a lot of Hanukkah songs in Hebrew and if you want to learn what the songs mean in English, visit a Hebrew school and seek the assistance of the Hebrew teachers there.

Look for good songs in Judaica stores. You can also find good Hanukkah albums through Amazon and other online shops.

You also have lots of options for Jewish songs in big music stores. Invest on a good Hanukkah children’s album for your kids.

Another …

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Thrilling Hebrew Tales! On Jewish Vampires, Golems, Tzaddiks, and HebrewPunk

Thrilling Hebrew Tales! On Jewish Vampires, Golems, Tzaddiks, and HebrewPunk

… when oil becomes scarce and there’ll be a Chinese colony on the moon, I’ll still be that Hebrew Punk guy.

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Game Ideas for Hanukkah

… To play, spin the dreidel to win gelts. A Dreidel is a spinning top with four sides engraved with Hebrew alphabets Nun, Gimel, Hei and shin which together form the acronym for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham (a great miracle happened there).

Play the Hanukkah bingo. The rules in playing this are similar to that of the regular bingo game nut with a Jewish touch.

Don’t forget to play the Hanukkah anagrams. To do this, all participants must write as many words as possible from a Hanukkah …

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Secular Music

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Question:

I grew up listening to secular music (rock, among other genres) and I still enjoy it. I can’t stand most of the modern Jewish music available.  Do I need to deprive myself of listening to what I like?

Answer:

I understand what you mean about modern Jewish music, but there’s a lot more out there than you think. I don’t think being frum means depriving yourself.

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Dictionary of Basic Biblical Hebrew - Hebrew-English

Dictionary of Basic Biblical Hebrew - Hebrew-English

… of Scripture in its original language. Contains over 6,000 entries of the most common words in the Hebrew Bible. A concise tutorial, with clear explanations about the basics of grammar and syntax of Biblical Hebrew, complements the dictionary.

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Machzor: Rosh Hashanah Hebrew Only Sefard (SHIRAS MOSHE)

Machzor: Rosh Hashanah Hebrew Only Sefard (SHIRAS MOSHE)

Publisher: Artscroll

IN RESPONSE TO POPULAR DEMAND: An all-Hebrew Rosh Hashanah Machzor with halachos and instructions

MACHZOR SHIRAS MOSHE

The all-Hebrew ArtScroll Siddur has impressed many a person and whet many an appetite. Requests flooded in for the same kind of Rosh Hashanah Machzor. Here it is! Nusach Sefard only.

It has all the features of the very popular all-Hebrew Siddur, and more!:

–The full Hebrew text completely reset in crisp, …

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In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language

In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language

… Publisher: NYU Press

Joel Hoffman lectures and teaches classes on biblical and rabbinic Hebrew and translation at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the head translator for Jewish Lights’ seven-volume prayerbook and commentary series, My People’s Prayerbook. He lives in the NYC area.

Hebrew as a language is just over 3,000 years old, and the story of its alphabet is unique among the languages of the world. Hebrew set the stage for almost every modern …

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Yiddish - A Holy Language (Hebrew Only)

Yiddish - A Holy Language (Hebrew Only)

… is a holy language and that its sayings are rooting in Tanach, the Talmud, and Midrash. In this Hebrew sefer, he gives the Yiddish phrase, and then traces its sources.

Interesting! Informative! Fascinating!

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Multi-dictionary: Bilingual learner’s dictionary, English-English-Hebrew, Hebrew-English

Perfect for the serious Hebrew student, Rav Milon is comprised of a wide range of entries, expressions and idioms which reflect the richness of Hebrew. Complete with colloquial language, literary and metaphorical examples, scientific terms and updated media expressions and abbreviations.

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Practice Hebrew Conversation with Fun!

Practice Hebrew Conversation with Fun!

Learn Hebrew as you Drive!

Many of you requested an audio CD to which they can listen at leisure time or while driving and still learn to speak Hebrew.

Well, we “custom made” it to your requests!

Hear 25 Hebrew conversations and a short story and start speaking Hebrew today!

67 Minute Audio CD

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Hebrew/American English/Hebrew User-Friendly Dictionary

… 100,000 entries including slang and idioms, words, and terms from law, science and technology, music, art and many other fields. Emphasis on American English.

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Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults (Book 1)

Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults (Book 1)

Linda Motzkin, Hara Person (editor)

Publisher: UAHC Press

This new Hebrew book for adult learners is ground breaking in its structure and as an effective educational tool. This superb new text was created by Rabbi Linda Motzkin in consultation with key figures in the field of Hebrew education. Piloted in a sample of Reform congregations throughout the country, the book is the first step in a program of Hebrew learning for adults. Drawing upon the particular …

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Alcalay Hebrew/English Dictionary - 5 Volumes

Alcalay Hebrew/English Dictionary - 5 Volumes

Reuben Alcalay (editor)

The most comprehensive Hebrew/English, English/Hebrew dictionary available!

If you’re looking for the most wide-ranging and comprehensive choice in a Hebrew/English, English/Hebrew dictionary, this is it! Compiled by Reuben Alcalay, it comprises three volumes of English to Hebrew translations and two volumes of Hebrew to English translations.

No other work compares!

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Listen & Learn Modern Hebrew

Listen & Learn Modern Hebrew

… course ever designed for travelers. Two CDs with hundreds of useful phrases and sentences in Hebrew and English. Listen-and-repeat methodology. Complete 80-page manual with egery lesson on the CD, plus phonetic pronunciation guide and work/phrase index

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Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar

Lewis Glinert

Publisher: Routledge Press

This new edition of “Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar” is an up to date and practical reference guide to the most important aspects of modern Hebrew as used by contemporary native speakers of the language.

It presents an accessible description of the language, focusing on the real patterns of use today. The “Grammar “also serves as a reference source for the learner and user of Hebrew irrespective of level, by …

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Rabbi Riskin’s Pesach Haggadah in Hebrew

Rabbi Riskin's Pesach Haggadah in Hebrew

The purpose of Rabbi Riskin’s Hebrew Haggadah is not to provide a running commentary of the Hebrew text. Nor does it dwell upon the historic and halachic aspects of the Seder ritual. }What makes this Haggadah unique is that Rabbi Riskin uses the Haggadah as a source for discussing and elaborating upon a score of themes that are basic to Judaism. In this work, the Haggadah becomes a gateway to a deeper understanding of Jewish …

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Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way

Joseph Anderson

Publisher: EKS

Understanding Hebrew is the key to experiencing the richness of Jewish prayer. Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way teaches the Hebrew found in all Jewish prayerbooks. Designed for students who can read Hebrew words but do not know what they mean, this text explains grammar so simply that the non-academic community can easily understand it. Twenty-one lessons include:

–Oral reviews

–Vocabulary lists …

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The Hebrew Letters: Channels of Creative Consciousness

The Hebrew Letters: Channels of Creative Consciousness

Publisher: Gal Einai Institute

The Sefer Yetzirah teaches that the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are the building-blocks of creation and that each letter’s name, form, and numerical value embodies a unique significance in the creative process. The Ba’al Shem Tov further teaches that each letter and each of its three aspects exists in the dimensions of “Worlds” (the physical), “Souls” (the spiritual), and “Divinity” (the G-dly). This book is a systematic …

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Colloquial Hebrew

Colloquial Hebrew

Tamar Wang, Zippi Lyttleton

Publisher: Routledge Press

Colloquial Hebrew aims to teach Hebrew as it is spoken and written today, giving you a level of competence to be able to travel around and engage in conversation on a range of topics as well as being able to read signs, menus, posters and other basic written texts. Each unit contains dialogues of everyday encounters and situations which can be performed in the exercises which follow. The Hebrew alphabet is …

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A History of the Hebrew Language

A History of the Hebrew Language

… Saenz-Badillos, Shelomo Morag (translator)

Publisher: Cambridge University

A History of the Hebrew Language is a comprehensive description of Hebrew from its Semitic origins and the earliest settlement of the Israelite tribes in Canaan to the present day. Professor Sá enz-Badillos sets Hebrew in the context of the Northwest Semitic languages and examines the origins of Hebrew and its earliest manifestations in ancient Biblical poetry, inscriptions, and prose written before the …

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Aleph-Bet Yoga: Embodying the Hebrew Letters for Physical and Spiritual Well-Being

Aleph-Bet Yoga: Embodying the Hebrew Letters for Physical and Spiritual Well-Being

… Combine the ancient practice of hatha yoga with the shapes and mystical meanings of the Hebrew letters to enhance your physical health and deepen your spiritual life.

Can yoga be Jewish? Yes! By blending traditional hatha yoga postures and the forms of the Hebrew aleph-bet, yoga teacher Steven Rapp shows how you can use this ancient health practice to deepen your Jewish spirituality.

Aleph-Bet Yoga shows us how to:

- Integrate the meaning of each Hebrew letter with the common …

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The Journey Continues: Ma’yan Passover Haggadah

… that are both traditional and new. Special features include: gender neutral English blessings; Hebrew blessings in both traditional form and in feminist G-d language; transliterated Hebrew; music by composer/singer Debbie Friedman.

Available in softcover

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The Carlebach Haggadah: Seder Night with Reb Shlomo

… relating to the Haggadah and Seder night. Renowned as a singer and composer of inspirational music, Reb Shlomo was, first and foremost, a great teacher of Torah. The teachings were drawn from Reb Shlomo’s concerts, shiurim, mass kumsitz sessions, and his holiday celebrations over the course of many years.

Affording profound lessons about the meaning of true freedom, this Haggadah shares with its readers the living Torah of a great and unique personality. Written in the distinct voice …

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The New American Haggadah

… alike

Gender-sensitive language with elegant translation, transliteration of the

original Hebrew text, music, and instructions for the leader combine to offer an accessible–and uniquely American–Passover seder.

Available in softcover

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s Haggadah: Hebrew And English Text With New Essays And Commentary

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks's Haggadah: Hebrew And English Text With New Essays And Commentary

… in one. At what would be the back of an English-language book is the Haggdah in large, beautiful Hebrew typography, with an English translation adapted and with a running commentary by Rabbi Sacks. The Hebrew text and accompanying English translation are carefully arranged so as to be easy to use at the seder table. As such, this book is an ideal companion for use at the Passover meal. At the other end of the book are Rabbi Sacks’s Essays on Passover. The 21 short essays demonstrate the …

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