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Hineni 1: The New Hebrew Through Prayer

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Hineni: The New Hebrew Through Prayer
By Terry Kaye
Behrman House Publishers

Reviewed by Simon Bonim - May 15, 2008

Hineni: The New Hebrew Through Prayer textbook series is a comprehensive, innovative Hebrew learning program for English-speaking students in grades 4-7. The series consists of three graded textbooks that are accompanied by companion CDs and workbooks. In addition the series includes an educator's guide as well as a Self-Guided Hineni manual that can be used by homeschoolers or other independent learners.

The series uses prayer as the primary mode through which Hebrew is taught. Each text features Hebrew reading sections, brief essays in English that explore the various prayers or expand upon the material being covered, and they include a plethora of fun and informative exercises for the students to complete. These exercises run the gamut from crossword puzzles to matching a selection of Hebrew words to their English meanings. In addition, the text amply illustrated and features lively colors. The texts also include short sections on ethics and other topics that will help the students to develop positive middos (character traits).

Hineni: The New Hebrew Through Prayer series will help prepare students for their bar or bat mitzvah. It will also introduce them to many of the key prayers that are used in the home and synagogue, and at the same time improve their overall Hebrew reading and oral skills.


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