What is Tu Bishvat and when do we celebrate it?
Why did the trees get a New Year of their own?The trees saw that G-d made a New Year for mankind and said: It is written in the Torah “The man is like a tree…” Therefore we also have to have a New Year of our own.”They were asked “What month?“The trees answered: “Trees need water, therefore it’s better to have it in the month of Shvat”– there is also a Mitzva of planting in that month.
ULPAN-OR TU BISHVAT EVENT
We, at Ulpan-Or will be celebrating Tu Bishvat on Tuesday, Feb 7th at 5:30 PM in our offices in Jerusalem with a local band, tasting fruits and singing together nice popular Israeli songs. If you happen to be in Israel – we will be happy to have you celebrating with us!! Text and songs will be taken from Ulpan-Or’s special Tu Bishvat Haggadah, which can be purchased from our online shop at: http://www.ulpanor.com/osc/
We are proud to introduce our first Interactive Multimedia Book designed especially for the iPad platform!
Here is what one of our first readers wrote:
“…Great multimedia book, it not only unfolds the different Torah stories, but also teaches Hebrew at the same time. The new iPad features and the embedded recordings are just great!! Anxiously looking forward to getting the next books in this series…”
We are happy to announce the birth of our “New Baby” – the first fully interactivemultimedia Hebrew-English book in a form of an iPad application. This new exciting application is part of Ulpan-Or iHebrew™ series of Hebrew learning books and applications. It presents to the reader fascinating insights, parables and commentaries associated with all twelve weekly Torah portions included in the book of Genesis – Be’Reshit.The new app can be obtained in the App Store at:http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hebrew-from-insight-out-the/id492643150?mt=8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qgkzew5D4k&list=UUzlMGX8TFR-SUUQbfOQoDkA&index=1&feature=plcp The main objective of this application is to assist the user in accessing biblical text in its original language – Hebrew, while enjoying reading and listening to the interesting commentary content.
Why is it called “Hebrew from Insight Out”?
In this book we present various aspects of the Hebrew language as related to insights associated with the biblical texts included in the weekly Torah portions.
Book Design This book design is based on the unique RLA – Rapid Language Acquisition methodology developed by Orly and Yoel Ganor, founders of the center for Hebrew studies and Israeli culture Ulpan-Or. This methodology is applied with tremendous success for learning Hebrew by Ulpan-Or branches in Israel and abroad.In this application, designed especially for use on the iPad platform, special effects and features have been applied to enhance and enrich the reading experience. The application will be updated at no cost, as new features and enhancements get released.We were greatlyassisted in designng this app by Kletsel Digital Publishing
Book Structure The commentary text is presented in an Easy-Hebrew along with a Hebrew-English dictionary associated with the stories and. A full English translation of the commentaries is included as well.Most of the commentaries relate to the unique way some Hebrew words or expressions are used in the Torah, finding out the reason for it and revealing a new understanding of familiar texts.The written part is accompanied by 24 audio recordings, which include a talking dictionary and a recorded Hebrew commentary for each Torah portion. The recordings are played from within the application.Last, but not least – the reader is shown how some of the ancient Hebrew words have evolved into Modern Hebrew words, expressions or idioms.
Watch for our next Hebrew from Insight Out, covering the book of Exodus – Shemot. Special Book Features using the iPad platform
For every Torah portion we have included:
● Written and recorded vocabulary – “Talking Dictionary” for especially
challenging words and expressions. These words and expressions are arranged
in the vocabulary table according to the order in which they appear in the
insight text and are marked by bold font. When the word appears as part of a
quoted bible verse, it is marked in italics within that verse.
In order to help the reader understand how Hebrew verbs are used and
conjugated within the text, we have included an indication of the Binyan
(verb group) for each infinitive verb form in the table.
· Hebrew insight text and respective illustrations with a touch of humor.
· Full English translation of the Hebrew text – pops up by pulling the
· Expressions and idioms derived from ancient roots, which are used in Modern Hebrew – appear when pressing on “Discover” icon.
· Audio recordings of the Hebrew text and vocabulary – playable by pressing on the respective “Play” button.We are certain that the dimension of sound, which is a corner stone of the Ulpan-Or’s RLA – Rapid Language Acquisition method, will enable the reader to make significant progress in Hebrew and in the understanding of biblical texts. A printed hard copy version of “Hebrew from Insight Out” (including an MP3 CD) covering all the “Chumashim” – all Five books of Moses can be found in our online store at: http://www.ulpanor.com/osc/product_info.php?products_id=93 We welcome your reactions and comments.Yoel & Orly Ganor
|Looking forward to sharing with new many more exciting applications and books in the near future!Yoel & Orly|
Ulpan-Or, Center for Hebrew Studies and Israeli Culture and Mrs. Barbara Crook
are honored to invite you
to a magical and fascinating evening
dedicated to the works of Leah Goldberg
Magical performance of the award winning singer and actor Ola Schur Selektar, using music arrangement for the piano by Nir Kaufman, will bring new life to the creations of Leah Goldberg.Watch a video clip of Ola’s performance accessing the link below. During the evening there will be a screening of a documentary film about the life and works of Leah Goldberg directed by Yair Qedar,followed by an open discussion with the audience about the film.
The concert will take place on Saturday, 7th of January at 20:00
at the Prima Royal Hotel.
3 Mendely Mocher Sfarim St., Jerusalem.
There are limited seats available!!
Tickets will be sold on the evening of the show for a subsidized price of 25 NIS.
We hope that this evening will bring you closer to the Hebrew language and to the Israeli culture.
Please email us if you are interested to get materials related to Leah Goldberg’s songs processed and translated by Ulpan-Or to help you understand and study those.The Leah Goldberg film CD will be available for sale at Ulpan-Or.