November 23 — Hebrew Class Notes & Homework

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Notes from class on November 23, 2010:

1. There are two remaining weeks of class in this session:

  • Tuesday, November 30
  • Tuesday, December 7 — Hanukkah candle-lighting in class?

2. Would you like to study Hebrew for another eight weeks?  Please confirm your intention to continue taking this class by sending an email message to Natasha and to Rosalie.  The next eight-week session, which will be a continuation of this class, will take place on Tuesday evenings starting on January 11, 2011.

3. Link to Google Calendar for this class:

4. The first night of Hanukkah is Wednesday, December 1.  What would you like to study in relation to the holiday? If you send me your requests I will try to incorporate them into our remaining class meetings.  Otherwise I will pick a few Hanukkah-related Hebrew topics myself.

Homework for TUESDAY November 30, 2010:

1. Study this four-verse section in Hebrew from Parshat Mikeitz: Gen. 41:1-4.

  • Practice reading the section out loud several times.  Although these verses are on the long side, there is a lot of repetition, so it shouldn’t be too hard.
  • From anywhere in this four-verse section, choose one Hebrew word or phrase to discuss with the class.  Look it up, look up related words, and prepare to tell the class what caught your interest.

2. Review and continue memorizing the conjugation of the Hebrew verb “to be called” in all its tenses.  This verb is in binyan Nif’al and can be found in Chapter 28 of the text book as well as in the Nif’al charts in the back of the book.  NOTE: There may be a quiz in class.

3. Now that you’ve chosen five “model verbs” for yourself — one in each binyan taught in our book (as per last week’s homework assignment) — memorize the full conjugation of any two of your models.

As I mentioned in the previous assignment, eventually your choices will become the five verbs you know best, in all their conjugations; you’ll be able to measure other verbs against them in corresponding binyanim, and thus increase your Hebrew vocabulary very fast without having to memorize every word.

I recommend that you keep an ongoing list of your chosen model verb for each binyan.

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