Fostering Multiliteracy in the Diverse Classroom

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Hebrew is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken by more than seven million people in Israel and Jewish communities around the world. In Israel, it is the de facto language of the state and the people, as well as being one of the two official languages (together with Arabic), and it is spoken by a majority of the population.

Hebrew, long extinct outside of Jewish liturgical and scholarly purposes, was revived as a literary and narrative language by the Haskalah (Enlightenment) movement of the mid-19th century. Near the end of that century the Jewish linguist Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, owing to the ideology of Zionism, began reviving Hebrew as a modern spoken and written language. Eventually it replaced a score of languages spoken by Jews at that time, such as Arabic, Ladino (also called Judezmo), Yiddish, Russian, and other languages of the Jewish diaspora.


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This book will teach your child 20+ new Hebrew words in a fun, fast, and truly easy way! Here's how it works... An English word in the fairy tale is circled with its Hebrew translation in the column. From that moment forward, the Hebrew word (written in red) will be used throughout the rest of the story... and it will be used again and again in context! As the fairy tale progresses, more and more Hebrew words are added like a big language train gathering words along the way. The new words are repeated throughout the story helping to reinforce understanding. By the end of the book, the child has easily learned 20+ new Hebrew words in context!


Each letter has easy step by step instructions as to how it is to be formed correctly. The pronunciation of each letter is clearly given, complete with picture associations (Johannah's lovely illustrations to go along with each letter) to aid in one's remembrance of it.


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Michelle Russo's Jewish Conversion Cerificate

Information about the Hebrew language:

òáøéú Ivrit 


IPA: [ʔivˈʁit] (standard Israeli (Ashkenazi)), [ʕivˈɾit] (standard Israeli (Sephardi)), [ʕivˈriθ] (Oriental), [ivˈʀis] (Ashkenazi)

Spoken in:

Israel and other countries, including Argentina,Brazil, Chile, Canada, France, Panama, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay

Total speakers:

Around 7 million[citation needed], (United States: 195,375).1

1United States Census 2000 PHC-T-37. Ability to Speak English by Language Spoken at Home: 2000. Table 1a.

Language family:

  West Semitic
   Central Semitic
    Northwest Semitic

Writing system:

Hebrew abjad 

Official status

Official language of: