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Reader: Modern Hebrew Prose and Poetry

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Reader: Modern Hebrew Prose and Poetry
(Mikra 'ah: prozah ve-shirah moderit)
Edited by Ora Band
Behrman House, Publishers
West Orange, New Jersey: 1990
ISBN: 0-87441-480-6

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - December 4, 2003

Ora Band's Reader: Modern Hebrew Prose and Poetry is a delightful collection of Modern Hebrew prose and poetry reading selections that is an ideal text for first year / beginning students of Hebrew. The text was designed to be used as an auxiliary text to the second and third volumes of Band's, Hebrew Language Course. It can also be used effectively as an auxiliary reader in any Hebrew language course designed for English-speakers.

Each reading selection is accompanied by a vocabulary lists of 'harder' words that the student may not yet have learned. The text is illustrated, and the majority of passages in this text are complete stories and poems. The texts included in this reader include historical, literary, and religious passages.

The stories are organized into thematic sections, including topics such as loneliness, Eretz Israel, the Holocaust, War, Childhood, The Days of Awe, and humor. In addition, each passage is followed by questions that will help the student gauge how well they have mastered the passage. Concise biographical sketches of the various authors are also included. Authors featured in this anthology include: This reader will be a welcome addition to many Hebrew classes. The passages are challenging and intriguing and well selected for an adult audience. Reading these great literary selections will not only introduce students to some of the great masters of Hebrew literature, but they will also serve to encourage them to continue with their study of Hebrew.

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