Shalom means "peace" and is how we greet and say goodbye to each other. The Hebrew language is a language based on action as opposed to English which is a descriptive language. Therefore when we speak Shalom, to a person we are not just saying the equivalent of hello, but something much deeper. We are speaking blessing! The root word Shalom comes from the verb Shalom which means to be complete, perfect and full. This is actually what we are saying. "May you be complete, perfect and full!" What a beautiful blessing, and a wonderful way to greet one another!
Why should we learn Hebrew?
1. It is the language the Eternal used when He spoke the universe into existence. It is the language of the Kingdom.
2. Most of the Tanakh was written in Hebrew.
3. As a Jew, Yeshua spoke Hebrew, as did His talmidim who were also Jews.
4. In order to properly understand the entire Bible you need to have an understanding of the Hebrew mindset. The translators of the Scriptures did their best to translate Hebrew into English, but they did so with a Greek mindset and understanding, which often does not translate the true intent or meaning of the original writer.
The Hebrew language contains 22 letters. Below is a chart to familiarize yourself with the letters and pronunciation.
Hebrew is written and read from right to left, NOT left to write, so the graph sheets were designed with that in mind. There are three types of print in Hebrew. Book or text print (self -explanatory), manual print, and script. It is not correct to learn to write text print. That is for books only, however, learning manual print will teach you to recognize and read the text print. Script is similar to cursive. Hand written communication in Hebrew is always done by script, so it is essential to learn both hand print and script.
The best way to learn Hebrew is to write it. Below are graph sheets that you can print out for writing practice. The large blocked graph paper is for beginners and children. The smaller blocked paper is for practice after you have mastered the larger ones. Do the lessons in order. Print as many as you need, and practice daily!
Worksheets will start being posted after Chanukah.
Listen to me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek Yahweh: look to the rock whence you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.