Synopses & Reviews
One of the most amazing things about Hebrew is that, in less than a century, it has gone from an ancient language of prayer and ritual spoken by a few holy men to a modern language of sunbathing, dining, going to the movies, and countless other everyday activities, spoken by millions. Modern Hebrew is a beautiful language, but for a native English speaker it can be tough wrapping your tongue around exotic expressions like “Ha’im Ayn Oogiyot?” (“What, no cookies?”). As with any language, the quickest way to master Hebrew basics is to immerse yourself in its sounds and rhythms. The next best thing to six months in Haifa, Hebrew For Dummies
lets you do just that!
Whether you want to communicate with your Israeli cousins, understand Jewish prayers and sacred literature, impress your Jewish in-laws, or you’re planning a trip to Israel, this book/audio package can help. In no time, you’ll:
- Master Hebrew sounds and rhythms
- Understand basic grammar and usage
- Get a handle on the Hebrew alphabet
- Make small-talk, and most everyday transactions
- Discover the basics of Hebrew blessings and prayer
- Gain insights into Hebrew culture and traditions
Each chapter of Hebrew For Dummies is organized around a specific set of activities—such as eating, traveling, shopping, and asking directions—and gives you the lowdown on all the Hebrew you’ll need to get by. Topics covered include:
- Eating, going shopping, having fun, sports, hobbies, talking on the phone, communicating around the office, and other everyday activities
- Hebrew for travelers, including transportation, hotels, money changing, asking directions, and handling emergencies
- Sacred Hebrew, including reading the Bible and prayer books, blessing formulas, sacred rites and services, and more
The enclosed audio CD let’s you pick up Hebrew the easy way—through actual conversations. It features:
- Dialogues by native Hebrew speakers
- Answers to the Fun & Games activities in the book
The fun, easy way to master basic Hebrew, this book will quickly get you on track with the language skills you need to speak and read Hebrew like a native.
This easy-to-use guide covers vocabulary and phrases for formal and informal greetings, introductions and everyday conversational topics such as family, work, the weather, food, shopping, entertainment and recreation.
Covers common expressions, conversations, and cultural notes
With this guide, you can return to your roots or create new ones
Want to discover how to speak Hebrew? This easy-to-understand guide explains basic grammar and usage, covering everything from the alphabet and numbers to making small talk, planning a trip, and changing money. Youll also discover the basics of Hebrew blessings and prayer, as well as the significance of the holy days.
All this on the Audio CD
- Pick up Hebrew the easy way through actual conversations
- Features dialogues by native Hebrew speakers
- Allows you to hear Hebrew as its really spoken
- Reinforces lessons from the book
Demystifies the areas culture, politics, and religions
Explore Middle Eastern history from ancient to modern times
Looking to better understand the Middle East? This plain-English guide explains the importance of the region, especially in light of recent events. Youll meet its people and their leaders, discover the differences and similarities between Arab and Western mindsets, and examine the wars and conflicts including the Israeli-Palestinian turmoil that led up to the current political situation.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
About the Author
Jill Suzanne Jacobs is a Jewish educator and writer. She holds a master of arts degree in Jewish education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, a bachelor of arts degree in history from UCLA, and has studied at a variety of institutions in Israel, including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She teaches and writes in the Boston area, and is part of the editorial team of MyJewishLearning.com, a comprehensive online resource exploring Jewish religion, history, and culture produced by Hebrew College and Jewish Family & Life! Media.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Acquainted with the Middle East.
Chapter 1: The Middle East’s Relevance in the 21st Century.
Chapter 2: Charting a Map.
Chapter 3: Middle Eastern Hospitality.
Part II: The History of the Middle East.
Chapter 4: The Ancient Middle East.
Chapter 5: The Medieval Middle East.
Chapter 6: The Modern Middle East.
Part III: Politics, Islam, and Oil: Three Reasons Not to Ignore the Middle East.
Chapter 7: Leadership: Kings, Presidents, and Dictators.
Chapter 8: Islamic Militancy in a Nutshell.
Chapter 9: Islam and the West.
Chapter 10: It’s All About the Oil: Economics in the Middle East.
Part IV: Regions in Turmoil.
Chapter 11: The Powder Keg: Israel and Palestine.
Chapter 12: Iraq.
Chapter 13: Afghanistan.
Chapter 14: Pakistan.
Part V: Regions in Repair.
Chapter 15: North Africa.
Chapter 16: Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.
Chapter 17: The Arabian Peninsula.
Chapter 18: Non-Arab Muslim States.
Part VI: Cultural Contributions of the Middle East.
Chapter 19: A Mosaic of Religions.
Chapter 20: Religions on the Edge.
Chapter 21: The Family: The Hub of Middle Eastern Life.
Chapter 22: Language and Literature.
Chapter 23: Arts and Sciences.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: Ten Key Ethnic Groups.
Chapter 25: Ten Key Militant Groups.
Chapter 26: Ten Key Challenges.