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The program is excellent and effective.I especially appreciated that all of the teachers were both enthusiastic and patient. Jeff D. Canada

Jeff D. from Canada, did a 1 week Sabra course in Jerusalem. Here’s what he had to say about his experience:

” The program is excellent and effective. Gitit is an amazing teacher and I also liked the opportunity to speak with other teachers in the tiyulim. I especially appreciated that all of the teachers were both enthusiastic and patient. It made it easy for me to open up and talk freely and this did a lot to help my self-confidence speaking Hebrew.”

Bread of Poverty

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Find some insights on Pesach
and Try Solving a New Riddle at The Bottom of This Newsletter
Dear Reader,  As we are approaching the holiday of Pesach, we thought to share with you a few insights associated with this holiday. Pesach is called חג החירות CHAG HACHERUT The Liberty Holiday.It is indeed celebrated on the night of Seder during which do demonstrate a lot of liberty symbols, such as drinking four glasses of wine, leaning on pillows etc.. On such occasion one would expect to have the best bread and cakes during the meal. We however eat Matzah – the unleavened bread, which is mentioned in the Haggadah as “Lachma Anya”, meaning “Bread of Poverty”. Question:Why do we celebrate our liberty with the “Bread of Poverty”? The Maharal from Prague explains: 
There are two main motives in eating the Matzah on Pesach:
1. In its very rapid preparation it symbolizes the uplifting of the liberation of our nation, which occurred in a miraculous way – above time.
2. Matzah, the unleavened bread includes the very same ingredients as the regular leavened bread: flour and water. In making the Matzah, the mixture of flour and water has to be very rapidly baked and the outcome is a very thin unleavened bread. For the regular bread, when the mixture of water and flour stays longer than 18 minutes before baking, it undergoes the process of leavening, thus eventually causing the bread “inflate” and get filled with air bubbles, appearing much thicker than the original ingredients composing it. 
The Maharal explains that a true liberated person does not need to rely on a false “thick image” made by bubbles, he should rather stick to the original ingredients of flour and water and bond to his true authentic liberated image, without the need to “hype” it in any way…
 We wish you and your loved ones to feel as true “Bney Chorin” – and be fully liberated on this holiday. Yoel & Orly And now to my last riddle, published a few weeks ago: The Riddle:I am a child in a family of famous magicians blessed with many children.All of us have great powers. When we gather together, we can really perform exceptional magical tricks. We are able to create and change things I this world.Although I am small and very thin, I possess a special power to reverse the time flow in this world.Who am I? The Answer:Family of magicians is the Hebrew Alephbet (alphabet). The members of the family who have great powers are the Hebrew letters. When they gather together and perform exceptional magical tricks, this is a reference to the words that they form. According to our tradition, G-d created world using words and human beings, using words can change reality.The thin member of the family who can reverse the flow of time is the letter “Vav”. In Biblical Hebrew when the letter “Vav” precedes a verb, which is conjugated in its future-tense form, it is turned into a past tense and when the letter “Vav” precedes a verb conjugated in its past-tense form, it turns it into a future tense. For instance, the verb “YELECH” – ילך, means “Will Go”.However “Va’YELECH” – וילך, means “Went“. The same verb in the past tense is “HALACH” – הלך, means “Went”However “Ve’HALACH” – והלך, means “Will Go“.

So, the answer is – “Letter Vav”

 Very few of you answered this time and only two provided correct answers. And the lucky winner is:J. McKeown from Ireland.As a prize, Mr. Mckeown will receive a study kit of his choice. And to the new riddle now: Here is My New Riddle: 

He decided to omit the fourth of the first…

Who is he?

  The winner will receive a study kit of his choice.I will provide clues, if no right answers are received… Hurry up, solve the riddle and become the Lucky Winner! I wish you Good Luck!Yoel Contact us to find out about our unique Hebrew programs and products.  
   Yoel & Orly

Celebrating Tu Bishvat

Next week the people in Israel will be celebrating Tu Bishvat.
What is Tu Bishvat and when do we celebrate it?
The name ‘Tu Bishvat’ – ט”ו בשבט means ‘the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat’. (The numerical value of ט”ו is 15)
 Tu Bishvat is the Jewish New Year of the trees, and we celebrate it at the time that most trees in Israel begin to bud. This is the time of year when the winter has just ended and spring is coming.
Tu Bishvat is the birthday of the trees and it reminds Jewish people of our close ties to the Holy Land of Israel.
The origins of Tu Bishvat remind us that we are the descendants of an indigenous people, heirs to an ancient wisdom whose echoes can inform our choices today on subjects like how to eat in a manner that is healthy for us and sustainable for the whole planet, or how to rest in a 24/7 world.
The Cabbalists of Safed encourage us to open ourselves to mystery, wonder, creativity and celebration; this is an oral wisdom, something learned from others, rather than from books. They tell us to eat a lot of fruits on this day and make a lot of blessings in order to rectify the reality created after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit.The spreading in many parts of the Jewish world of drums, yoga and meditation is part of this phenomenon. The peaceful and the joyous in Jewish life are being rediscovered. Tu Bishvat is a moment to celebrate new life and new beginnings, physical and cultural.

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.  


 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!!Learn Hebrew in Tu-Bishvat Text and songs will be taken from Ulpan-Or’s special Tu Bishvat Haggadah, which can be purchased from our online shop at:

Interactive Multimedia Book For iPAD

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:

You can watch a short video clip of it and its unique features on YouTube at: 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 RLARapid 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.

Coming soon…

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
“Translation” tab.
· 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 RLARapid 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:  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


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