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Office Admin : 05/12/2013 23:21 : Israel news, Specials


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Celebrating Tu Bishvat

Office Admin : 06/02/2012 10:58 : Israel news, Learning Hebrew, Newsletters

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:

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Interactive Multimedia Book For iPAD

Office Admin : 22/01/2012 17:55 : Israel news, Learning Hebrew, Newsletters, Weekly Torah portion

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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Enchanted Evening Leah Goldberg-Her Life and Poetry

Office Admin : 04/01/2012 14:24 : Israel news, Israel tourism, Newsletters

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

Mrs. Barbara Crook Ulpan-Or

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.


Looking forward to having you with us.

Yoel, Orly and Barbara

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Winter Specials! Keep warm with Ulpan-Or Hebrew Programs

Office Admin : 07/11/2011 14:31 : Israel news

Winter is right around the corner and what better way to start the new season then by learning Hebrew! As the weather gets colder, keep your mind warm and running with one of Ulpan Or’s one on one Intensive Immersion Hebrew courses. Curl up with a cup of coffee in a leisurely atmosphere as you discuss Israeli current topics and comprehension with your private teacher. If you are more the adventurous type, we invite you to learn, breathe and experience Jerusalem or Tel Aviv during one of our personalized tours.


Learning Hebrew while Touring Emek Refaim St. in Jerusalem with “Hebrew To Go” program


For those living abroad, protects yourself from the snow while studying Hebrew from the comfort of your own kitchen table. Ulpan-Or offers personalized programs online through Skype or telephone that will bring the language straight to you!


Special Discounts for Hebrew Programs for November Sign-Ups

Ulpan-Or offers special winter season 10% discount for those who register for Ulpan-Or Hebrew programs in November!

  • Additional 5% discount for New Immigrants- Olim Khadashim!

Programs include:

Contact us and find out and more…

Happy Winter! Khoref Tov!

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Ulpan-Or’s free online Hebrew Course contest – The Awards!

Office Admin : 23/10/2011 23:32 : Israel news

Ulpan-Or’s free online Hebrew Course contest – The Awards!

Our big Facebook contest has got to a sweet end! To those of you who haven’t been here when we had this contest, here is a short remainder of it and the announcement of the winners! At Ulpan-Or, our online one-on-one Hebrew courses have helped thousands of students learn the Hebrew language. In this contest we gave you a chance to win a free online Hebrew course! In the recent holidays, Ulpan-Or launched a Facebook contest to win a free online Hebrew course AND a three month subscription to E-tone® newspaper for learning Hebrew at the speed of light.

After going over more than 60 creative post on our wall, and viewing 5 videos of “Why I love Hebrew” here is the announcement we’ve posted with the contest winners:

“We are delighted to inform that our competition has come to an end and we are happy to announce the winners:
1st placeJudy Rey Wasserman who posted a lovely video showing the connection between the art she does and the Hebrew language. Judy – congratulations! You have won 1 month GDL (Guide Distance Learning) Hebrew course AND 3 months E-tone® subscription. Kol Hakavod!!

Watch Judy’s Video Here!

2nd place – Ray Elias! Who wrote a beautiful short post on our wall and will share his Hebrew with the kids he teaches!!! You win a free 3 months E-Tone® subscription! Kol Hakavod!!

3rd placeSven Lauch! Who was just plain funny and cool!! Kol Hakavod to you as well!!! You win a free 1 month E-Tone® subscription! Kol Hakavod!!

And to all the others, thank you so much for taking part in our competition! We appreciate all your kind words and wish you the best of luck in the future!!!
Stay connected to our page and enjoy some more special offers and discounts!

All of you who participated in the contest (posted on our wall+ sent contact info) will get a 5% discount when ordering an Online Hebrew course (GDL)! this discount will hold till Nov. 19 2011.

We wish you all Shana Tova and remember, we are always here for you to help with learning Hebrew in every way you have on your mind- Online Hebrew, Hebrew programs in our classes in Israel, Hebrew self-study kits and more!


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What do Hebrew names in the Bible mean?

Office Admin : 09/10/2011 20:17 : Israel news

Hebrew names of people mentioned in the Bible have meaning. But this meaning becomes clear only when reading the Bible in Hebrew, since these names originate from Hebrew roots. Besides the Modern Hebrew that we usually hear now days, we all know that biblical Hebrew is thousands of years old and many Hebrew names and Hebrew phrases have been used for centuries.

This is why Hebrew is so special- you experience a spoken language in the year 2011 that combines ancient roots, holy components and modern ingredients, all in one fabulous language.

Because of this unique quality of Hebrew, we are able to explore the roots of the original Hebrew names from the Bible and understand why they were given and what does the text of their announcement really wants to teach us. Here are three examples, out of many that we have in the Bible.

1] Learn about the Hebrew name Adam – father of mankind.


Then the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2, 7)


וַיִּיצֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם, עָפָר מִן-הָאֲדָמָה, וַיִּפַּח בְּאַפָּיו, נִשְׁמַת חַיִּים; וַיְהִי הָאָדָם, לְנֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה.







G-d created man from the dust of the ground.

Only in Hebrew can one understand the meaning of the name – Adam originated from the word ground – Adama.

(“Adama” in Hebrew is “ground”). Adama –> Adam


2] Learn about the Hebrew name Eve – mother of mankind.



And the man called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living (Genesis 3, 20)



וַיִּקְרָא הָאָדָם שֵׁם אִשְׁתּוֹ, חַוָּה: כִּי הִוא הָיְתָה, אֵם כָּל-חָי






Only in Hebrew can one understand the meaning of Adam’s wife name – Khavah as being the mother of all living, originated from the word Khay

(“Khay” in Hebrew is “living”). Khay –> Khava

It is impossible to deduce it from English: “Living” –>“Eve”

3] Learn about the Hebrew name Yitzhak (Isaac) – son of Abraham and Sarah.



Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart: ‘Shall a child be born unto him that is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?’


And Abraham said unto God: ‘Oh that Ishmael might live before Thee!’


And God said: ‘Nay, but Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son; and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his seed after him. (Genesis 17, 17-19)




וַיִּפֹּל אַבְרָהָם עַל-פָּנָיו, וַיִּצְחָק; וַיֹּאמֶר בְּלִבּוֹ, הַלְּבֶן מֵאָה-שָׁנָה יִוָּלֵד, וְאִם-שָׂרָה, הֲבַת-תִּשְׁעִים שָׁנָה תֵּלֵד.

וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם, אֶל-הָאֱלֹהִים: לוּ יִשְׁמָעֵאל, יִחְיֶה לְפָנֶיךָ.

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים, אֲבָל שָׂרָה אִשְׁתְּךָ יֹלֶדֶת לְךָ בֵּן, וְקָרָאתָ אֶת-שְׁמוֹ, יִצְחָק; וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת-בְּרִיתִי אִתּוֹ לִבְרִית עוֹלָם, לְזַרְעוֹ אַחֲרָיו.








G-d told Abraham to call his son Yitzhak (Isaac in English)







Only in Hebrew can one understand the meaning of the name – Yitzhak. It was given by G-d following the laughter of Abraham (Va’Yitzhak)

“Va’Yitzhak” in Hebrew is “laughed”

“Yitzhak” in Hebrew is “will laugh”


Va’Yitzhak —> Yitzhak



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