A new Hebrew reading crash course is taking the Jewish world by storm. The flashcard-based language course developed by the Jewish Learning Institute promises users that they can learn to read Hebrew in only five weeks if they follow the program. Beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 7, Rabbi Boruch Labkowski, of Chabad of Frederick, will conduct five sessions of the new course, “Read it in Hebrew,” at Chabad.
“Many people feel lost in synagogue because they don’t know how to read Hebrew,” said Rabbi Levi Kaplan, of JLI’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. “We have found that learning how to read Hebrew strengthens one’s feeling of connection to Judaism in a powerful way.”
The course utilizes a timeless teaching method espoused by the Jewish sages for generations. In addition to reading skills, students get a glimpse into the holiness and depth of the Hebrew language, including brief kabalistic explanations of the Hebrew letters.
The course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. The course is open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship.