How to Learn Hebrew

A guide to online courses, tools and programs for adult students.

Israel History

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and the Making of Modern Hebrew

The Lithuania-born visionary turned an ancient language into a spoken one.


Common Prayer Words

50 of the most frequent Hebrew words that appear in the siddur.

Similar Jewish Words You Don’t Want to Mix Up

From kibbitz/kibbutz to mitzvah/mikveh, we round up some easily confused Hebrew and Yiddish terms.

What Is the Meaning of Chai?

The Hebrew word for life is a popular symbol and toast — and is linked to the number 18.

A Guide to Jewish Acronyms and Abbreviations

Common Hebrew (and Aramaic) shorthand translated and explained.

Guide to Jewish Food Terms

Commonly used words and phrases for "noshers" and "fressers."

Hebrew Literature in Translation: A Reader’s Guide

You don't have to know Hebrew to enjoy some of Israel's best books.

7 Things You Should Know About Hebrew

The Jewish people's traditional language has a storied past.

Hebrew Words

Some basic Hebrew words for a beginner.

Praying in Hebrew

Sometimes not understanding the words can actually enhance the experience of prayer.

Jewish Languages 101

What happens when a people has no land of its own?

What “Mazel Tov” Means

Hebrew words of celebration and congratulation.

Ashkenazi and Sephardic Hebrew

You say "Shabbes," and I say "Shabbat."

Shalom: Peace in Hebrew

Along with truth and justice, peace is among the most hallowed Jewish values.