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Mastering Lashon Hakodesh

By Yosef Farhi | May 1, 2019

R Noach Wienberg zt”l  lit Aish Hatorah because he could not bear seeing a spiritual holocaust in America.  R Yonason Rosenblum wrote, regarding R Noach’s passion, there is a spiritual Holocaust facing the Jewish people today no less devastating in its implications for the Am Hashem than the physical extermination of six million Jews in the Holocaust.…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 1

By Yosef Farhi | Jul 1, 2019

What are the first steps in helping students with Lashon Hakodesh? Tool 1. If we teach Dikduk as dry Dikduk, it will never work. We need to teach it as modules. We need to teach it in a way that it can be understood, not just as a given. I highly recommend working with the…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 2

By Yosef Farhi | Aug 1, 2019

So what types of modules are there? I ask the child (some of these are 60 year old children who were deprived from the language their whole life), what does the word Achal mean? And the child says Eating. Eat. And I throw up my hands and say (something I cannot do as a teacher…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 3

By Yosef Farhi | Aug 1, 2019

For proper learning, we need to tap into the inner drive of the one who is learning. What do the students want the most? They want to know what they are saying!!! They wish they knew what the words of Kriat Shema meant! ( For some reason, they don’t) They wish they knew what Birkat…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 4

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 14, 2019

There are certain Dikduk mistakes that are very common among the American Orthodox. These are keys to the language. There is no reason why there is even one religious educator who does not know these rules. If we infuse these into children as they grow, they will not be dependent on Artscroll to connect and…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 5

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 15, 2019

As stated in Tool no. 2, the whole language of Hebrew is built off of י- ה-ו-ה. היה- He was. I.e. Three letters is the root of verbs. Three letters is past tense. Three letters is male form. אכל- he ate. הלך- he went. ישב- he sat. הווה- He is.  Adding a ו , a…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 6

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 15, 2019

I will give you a 1000$ if you can translate the word את for me. The word את has no meaning. It connects a verb to its subject. ואהבת את ה’ אלוקיך And you shall love Hashem your G-d. The subject of your love should be G-d. את  is like an arrow from א to…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 7

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 15, 2019

I have found that many Americans get the words אל  and על confused. This is a very bad thing to confuse. Because if you mix those two up, you are mixing up ALOT  of other words as well. עלי אלי עליך אליך אליו עליו אליהם עליהם. So if you ask an American, what are the…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 8

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 15, 2019

There is a cool rule in Lashon Hakodesh. The Vav Hahipuch. The Vav in the beginning of the word, that switches tenses. From past to future and from future to past. דברים פרק ו     וְאָ֣הַבְתָּ֔ אֵ֖ת יְקֹוָ֣ק אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ֥ וּבְכָל־ נַפְשְׁךָ֖ וּבְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽךָ: The word ואהבת. Let us strip the word from the end and…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 9

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 15, 2019

There is a word that loves going incognito in Hebrew language. The word של.  Of. The words סוס פרעה mean The horse of Phraoah. Although their is no של there, we make it as if there is and it went into incognito mode. This happens whenever we have two nouns next to each other. This…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 10

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 15, 2019

There is another incognito rule in the hebrew language. היה. Three letter word. So it is past tense. And it is male form… = He was. אמר. Three letter word. He said. אכל. He ate. One second. What about this three letter word. דברים פרק ו שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְקֹוָ֥ק אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְקֹוָ֥ק׀ אֶחָֽד: Listen O Israel,…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 11

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 15, 2019

There is a rule in Real Estate. Real estate is dependent on three factors. Location. Location. And Location. There are three factors to take into consideration in Lashon Hakodesh when adding on letters to the root word. The letter Vav when it is added on, can have different meanings, depending on its location, i.e. where…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 12

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 17, 2019

There is no word in Hebrew for “it”. Instead, the word used is either He or She, הוא or היא. This can be annoying for someone who is an American Israeli. They can say, “I love learning Torah. She is so much fun to learn. ” In other words, since the Hebrew word of תורה…

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Tools for Lashon Hakodesh 13

By Yosef Farhi | Oct 27, 2019

As great of a Dikduk master you become, you will never pick up the language until you are forced to speak it. To think of the words on your own, to build your own sentences. That is the only way you will be able to converse with Israelis. Until then, you will only be able…

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