Author Archives: Neal Walters

The Politics of Bible Translations

  See this interesting post.  Although referring to the Christian Bible, it states that “The Bible you carry is a political act”.   It categorizes each of the major English translations and the group to whom it appeals the most. This … Continue reading

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Study Updates – Hebrew College and Web Yeshiva

I’m going to try to start blogging again here more often. Back in June of this year, I finished my Master of Arts in Jewish Studies at Hebrew College in Boston. I actually started with Hebrew College back in 2005 … Continue reading

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PIRKEI vs PIRCHEI

There is a Yeshiva named Pirchei Shoshanim. I was trying to google it the other day using “Pirkei Shoshanim” and couldn’t find any match. There is a big difference in the words PIRKEI (פרקי)and PIRCHEI (פרחי ). The first is … Continue reading

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Learn to Touch-Type Hebrew Letterrs on your Keyboard!

This is the site that I used to learn how to type in Hebrew: http://www.zigzagworld.com/HKTutor/ It’s designed for kids, but the it’s not too hard for adults!  Basically, letters fly by slowly on a clothesline, and you have to press … Continue reading

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Advanced Hebrew Pronunciation: What Difference Does an Accent Make?

You must read these two blogs (a little advanced, a kind of confusing), but you might be  mispronouncing these important words! http://www.ouisrael.org/tidbits/detail/Towards-Better-Davening-and-Torah-Reading-1/ http://www.ouisrael.org/tidbits/detail/towards-better-davening-and-torah-reading-Rei/ V’a-hav-ta should be pronounced mil’ra (last syllable), not the almost universal “V’a-hav-ta” (second to last syllable). The … Continue reading

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Why is a Bee called “Devorah” in Hebrew?

The bee is the only creature that has the word “Dabar” in its Hebrew name and very essence.  In Hebrew “Davar” means “a word, or a thing, or an object”, and “DABAR” is the word for “speak” (L’DABER is infinitive … Continue reading

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Sephardic Music Resource

I was browsing the site of Hebrew Union College (Sephardic Studies), and found this online resource: Introduction to Sephardic Music It includes a 25 page PDF/paper called “Introduction to Sephardic and Mizrachi Liturgical Music” by Dr. Mark Kligman. The somewhat … Continue reading

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“Given to Gluttony” – That’s not what it says in Hebrew!

I quoted this verse to someone the other day, and they couldn’t remember it, so I looked it up in the Stone Edition of the Tanach, and it didn’t say what I remembered. Good old King James (KJV) says: Proverbs … Continue reading

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Sacred Trash – The Geniza

A new book has just been published called Sacred Trash; The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza. According to Wikipedia, a genizah is the store-room or depository in a Jewish synagogue (or cemetery), usually specifically for worn-out Hebrew-language … Continue reading

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The Blessing Formula

Did you ever wonder why Jewish blessings always have “Blessed are you, Adonai our God, King of the Universe…” in them? The first of the amoriam (third century C.E.) established rules for the formulation of the benediction, ordaining that each … Continue reading

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