Aleph Bet Workshop Resources
I lead a workshop on the AlephBet as a spiritual/magickal tool at Free Spirit Gathering this weekend, and decided to save a tree an not print resource sheet like I usually do. Instead, I opted for posting the resources here on the site, which is probably more useful anyway. Many of the books are ones that are a treasured part of my library, and others were ones I found in the process of creating the workshops.
I first started developing these two workshops two years ago, and I’m so grateful for the chance to lead them. Developing workshops often provides me with the much needed motivation (deadline) to really dig down and study a subject in depth. The process of preparing myself to lead these workshops has been wonderful, and I’m looking forward to continued study of the AlephBet and Hebrew.
- Starting with Aleph: http://ejemm.com/aleph/index.htm
Interactive Flash movie to introduce the Hebrew letters, key words, and concepts
- Multilinga: http://www.milingua.com/
Free “Word a Day” with audio clips and dictionary with transliteration
- Ancient Hebrew Research Center: http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/
Covers a variety of subjects including ancient proto-Hebrew
- Omniglot: www.omniglot.com
”A Guide to Writing Systems” A great resource for many languages
- Hebrew Roots: www.ivrit.org
This website archives many of Jospeh Lowen’s columns that make up “Hebrew Talk”
- My Hebrew Bookmarks at Ma.gnolia
Explore tons of other Hebrew related resources in my Ma.gnolia bookmarks.
The Book of Letters by R. Lawrence Kushner
This book has been in my library for years.
It was one of my introductions to Kabbalah
and an invaluable resource.
The Book of Words by R. Lawrence Kushner
I bought this book right after I finished the Book of Letters.
I can’t recommend either book highly enough.
I also highly recommend anything by R. Lawrence Kushner.
Kabbalah Deck by Edward Hoffman
This simple deck and book turned out to be a far
better resource than I thought they would.
The cards are great if you are unfamiliar with the letters,
and the book has really great information.
It’s not an in-depth resource, but when used with
The Book of Letters it can be a very useful one.
The deck does come with instructions on using it as
an oracle deck, but I’ve not really used it that way.
The Hebrew Alephbet, a Mystical Journey by Edward Hoffman
This book covers much of the same material
as the book included with the Kabbalah Deck,
but it does have a few unique points and it’s very
affordable — so you might as well get both.
The Sefer Yetzirah – Aryeh Kaplan
This edition of the Sefir Yetzirah, a text
that is supposed to be thousands of years old
contains all four major versions and commentary.
If you are interested in Jewish Kabbalah then
it’s a book you should read every couple of years.
I also love that some theorize that it’s actually a
grammar book, not a mystical text.
Aleph Isn’t Tough
This book is a grammar book. It’s a great
introduction to Hebrew for the beginner and
uses word roots, like we explored in the workshop,
to begin teaching simple words. It doesn’t delve into
mysticism, but it is framed in a Jewish perspective
and the words they chose to teach are common
ones from prayers and liturgy.
Hebrew Talk by Joseph Lowin
This book is subtitled, 101 Hebrew Roots and the
Stories They Tell. It’s a great read and wonderful
way to become more familiar with Hebrew.
It uses Hebrew roots to not only teach vocabulary,
but also Jewish ideas, concepts, and perspectives.
When coupled with a study of the meanings of the
letters on their own, I found reading this book to
be far more spiritual an experience than I’m sure
the author could have ever expected.
In The Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language
This is a phenomenal book. It opened my eyes to
the evolution of Hebrew, and explained many things
I’ve wondered about. Now I can look at ancient
texts with a different perspective and I’m actually
finding translations easier due to the way the
book explained a few things in a very simple to
remember way. You don’t need to know Hebrew
well to enjoy this book. Just be interested in the
several thousand year history of a sacred language
— in about 200 pages.
That’s all folks!
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