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Sibyl Fendley
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The Grammar Of Modern Hebrew

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The Grammar Of Modern Hebrew

This is undoubtedly true. However, having spent my entire summer studying modern Hebrew through the generosity of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and its opportunity grant program, the experience was eye-opening to me in a completely different sense.

What I found exhilarating about the Hebrew language was, of all things, its grammar. Funny enough, learning a new grammar broadened my perspectives on humanity just as much as learning the slang of a nation on the other side of the world.

Sentences with forms like these are essential to language because they express very simple ideas, so of course there is a clear and distinct method for forming them with Hebrew grammar. When there are features that prevent those sentences from being formed in the way that, at least to us, seems the simplest, the language finds a way to get the job done on its own terms.

This fourth edition of Hebrew: An Essential Grammar includes expanded coverage of some of the key areas of Hebrew grammar including roots, adverbs and nouns. Additional examples have been added throughout to further clarify many of the grammar points with illustrations from current usage.

While Ben-Yehuda was a prime force in the revival of Modern Hebrew, he was not the only one. As early as 1881, together with other scholars such as Y.M. *Pines, D. *Yellin, Y. *Meyuḥas, and A. Masie, they founded the society Teḥiyyat Israel based on five principles: work on the land and expand the country's productive population; revival of spoken Hebrew; creation of a modern Hebrew literature and science in the national spirit; education of the youth in a national and, at the same time, universal humanistic spirit; and active opposition to the *Halachah (Jewish Law).

Modern Hebrew draws on all the previous historical layers of the Hebrew language. New meanings are ascribed to ancient words and new words are created in line with patterns and paradigms native to the ancient tongue. As is the case for all languages, Hebrew has also absorbed some modern terms from other languages.

This course is designed for students who possess a basic knowledge of modern and/or Biblical Hebrew (either the first-year course or the placement exam are prerequisites). The main objective is to provide students with the skills necessary to approach Modern Hebrew prose, both fiction and non-fiction. The students acquire numerous syntactic structures, the complete verb system and extensive vocabulary. Throughout the year, students read, write, and speak extensively and are required to analyze the grammatical structures of assigned materials.

This course assumes that students have full mastery of the grammatical and lexical content of the intermediate level (second year Hebrew or the placement exam are prerequisites). The main objective is literary fluency. The texts used in this course include both academic prose, as well as literature. Students are exposed to semantics and morphology in addition to advanced grammar. Requirements include a weekly class presentation, regular essay writing, two take-home exams, and several quizzes per quarter.

MODHEB 100 Introduction to Hebrew Language and Culture (2) A&H/SScIntroduces modern Hebrew language and culture, focusing on fundamental structures of the language, the revival of Hebrew in modern times, and connections between contemporary usage and Jewish traditions. Topics include: the alphabet, the verb system, the Hebrew calendar, Jewish and Israeli holidays, names, songs, popular sayings, and more. Credit/no-credit only.View course details in MyPlan: MODHEB 100

MODHEB 101 Elementary Modern Hebrew (5)Modern Israeli Hebrew. Core vocabulary, grammar, conversational text, and oral and written communication. Excerpts from modern Hebrew prose and poetry. (Cannot be taken for credit if MODHEB 105 taken). First in a sequence of three.View course details in MyPlan: MODHEB 101

MODHEB 102 Elementary Modern Hebrew (5)Modern Israeli Hebrew. Core voca


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