bio: Shalom, I'm Izzy. I'm passionate about getting people reading the Bible that Jesus read, in the language he read it in - Hebrew! See you on my site?
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Kari is a member of the Holy Language tribe, following Yeshua and learning Hebrew! Here's her story.
My name is Kari. I am a wife, mother, homeschooler, and follower of Yeshua, lover of Judaism. I grew up in a Christian home, and started connecting to Messianic Judaism and my own family's Jewish heritage when I was in college. Shortly after I started attending a Messianic congregation full-time, I met my husband, who was raised in a Conservative Jewish home and became a follower of Yeshua in his mid-twenties. He had grown up with Judaism but no knowledge of Yeshua, and I had grown up with lots of Yeshua and no knowledge of Judaism. We have had an interesting journey meeting in the middle, and discovering what our own family's unique expression of Messiah-centered Judaism should look like.
I first learned to read Hebrew on a date with my husband during our courtship phase, with crayons on a paper tablecloth over dinner. He taught me the AlephBet song, then matched up the names of the letters with their crayon counterparts to teach me to read.
He coached me and helped me practice reading when we attended Shul together, and then he gifted me with my first Hebrew/English Tanakh during our engagement. My final year in college I took a Modern Hebrew course, though graduation requirements kept me from going on to subsequent levels. Since that time, I have greatly desired to study Biblical Hebrew, and in the meantime, an entire world of online learning has developed to make it possible!
I found Holy Language Institute in a way that can only be described as a divine appointment. I began wondering why I kept seeing Izzy Avraham's name and face all over the Facebook community. People were quoting him, sharing his status updates, and liking his page. What's the deal? Does he have some kind of ministr... Read the rest of this story on the Stories page at holylanguage.com!
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Olivia's a member of the Holy Language tribe, following Yeshua and learning Hebrew! Here's her story.
Hello tribe! I'm 22 years old from Sweden.
I've had a very blessed start of my life, born in a Christian family as the youngest of 6 siblings. I always liked going to the church and faith in God came naturally. In my late teens I had a period of doubt when I felt like the ground under my feet disappeared. In my heart I questioned everything, although I didn't really dare to ask my questions to anyone. After fighting with my heart and mind for some time, God started to lead me (or maybe it was I who started to listen?) on new ways and build me up again.
When my faith in God stabilized, my fascination for the Bible grew stronger, particularly the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus. I was also fascinated with the Hebrew language and the rich meaning it has for each word. My brother told me I should try to learn it, he found Holy Language Institute through YouTube, and so I started my Hebrew quest in the summer 2012! I was completely amazed! What I love most about Hebrew is that it gives me a deeper understanding of the Biblical concepts and words. I love the fact that every letter has something to tell us. Genius!
Right now I'm studying apologetics at a Bible school in Stockholm, taking a year off from my work as a student-assistant. My dreams are to learn how to play violin, learn more Hebrew, know God more etc. At least for two of those dreams, Holy Language Institute is helping me (good job, Izzy!!). Learning violin I might have to look elsewhere :-) May I just send you all a song? I'd like to share with you this wish and prayer to always keep the meaning of the cross close to heart, "May I never lose the wonder of the cross" http://youtu.be/ZLSwigbVW6g (Contact Olivia at oliviaboork at hotmail dot com)
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I got such rave reviews on last week's live class in the Book of Ruth, I decided to open it up to everyone this week, for free!
Join Messianic Jewish Rabbi Derek Leman tonight at 8EST/5PST for his second live session in the Book of Ruth, right here: www.holylanguage.com/live.php You can also get there by going to holylanguage.com, and going to the the Live link off the Classroom link.
This class is free and open to eveyone, so feel free to share this link and invite your friends too.
Also - apparently some of you had trouble accessing last week's class and I wasn't able to help because I was travelling - you'll be relieved to hear I'm home now and I will be joining the class and ensuring NO ONE has ANY difficulties.
See you in 6 hours!
Hundreds of missiles are raining down on Israel right now. Israel needs you RIGHT NOW. This app – Red Alert – gives you real-time alerts on every rocket attack so you can be alerted and pray. Get it here http://goo.gl/KSFbyp or by searching Red Alert Israel in the app store. And please share this picture and link! #israel #palestine #hamas
Can you read the Hebrew on this wristlet? What a great conversation starter! If you want to get one, they are only 20 bucks. Look up "Armor of Valor" on Facebook. You can also get interchangeable metal plates with other Hebrew words and phrases for it. And they have necklaces and things that are more specifically for women, too! I don't usually wear stuff like this, but this is so distinctly masculine and cool I am making an exception! #hebrew #aov
LIVE weekly lessons starting TOMORROW!
Starting TOMORROW you're invited to join Holy Language teacher, Rabbi Derek Leman, every Thursday Night for a LIVE weekly learning experience studying through the book of Ruth! These learning experiences will start at 5PST/8EST and will run for an hour.
You'll be able to chat with the Holy Language tribe, and there will be a question and answer time when you can pose your questions to Derek.
Join me tomorrow here www.holylanguage.com/live.php or by going to holylanguage.com and then going to the Classroom page.
A little about Derek - he's an ordained Messianic Jewish Rabbi and leads Tikvat David Messianic Synagogue in Atlanta.
He and his wife Linda have eight children and are a homeschooling family.
Rabbi Leman has an M.T.S. in Hebrew Bible from Emory University.
His interests include Lord of the Rings, Mussar, Midrash, Hebrew Bible, Isaiah, Gospels, Historical Jesus, atonement, the intersection of Judaism and Christianity, C.S. Lewis, Abraham Heschel, Star Trek, and beer. Not necessarily in that order.
You can also look up Derek Leman on Facebook. ~
I'm so excited! I'll see you tomorrow!
Izzy Avraham, Executive Director
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The only Hebrew-speaking nation in the world is in mortal danger and the international community neither KNOWS nor CARES.
What's that at the top of this logo? That's an outline of the State of Israel. And. It's. Green. Meaning it's all Palestinian.
Why is that a problem? Because this is the flag of Hamas.
A GREEN state of ISRAEL. Seriously, do you REALLY think Hamas wants a two-state solution? Do you REALLY think they'll be happy with anything less than the total dissolution of the State of Israel and the death of every Jew in the Middle East?
And have you EVER heard this little problem on their flag mentioned by ANYONE you know, or ANYONE in the media? Don't you think that's a problem and a sign of massive ignorance and bias? And this is on the front page of the Wikipedia article on Hamas, for crying out loud - it's right in our faces.
Can you imagine if Canada and the United States were involved in a border conflict and supposely trying to make peace, but Canada had a map of North America with a big red and white flag with a maple leaf over the whole thing? How would that go over?
I – Izzy Avraham, the Executive Director of Holy Language Institute - think the international community needs to wake up and realize that Hamas does not want peace. Hamas does not want a two-state solution. Hamas wants a one-state solution - one that does not include a Jewish state.
Start by doing something you can do to solve this problem, and share this pic and this note to help me inform other people of this outrageous monstrosity on the flag of Hamas.
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Melanie's part of the Holy Language tribe, following Yeshua and learning Hebrew! Here's her story.
The first time I had an inkling to learn Hebrew, after one glance I quickly shut the workbook and actually got rid of it. "It is a right-to-left language! I can never get my brain to read backwards," I thought. Little did I know that in reality, left-to-right languages are the backwards poor imitations of the original: Hebrew.
I am a 23-year-old lover of Yeshua, redeeming the time until my earthly bridegroom comes along (Yah willing) by sewing garments from the super healing fabric of linen for my Life-giving Linen business (filling orders from around the world at www.lifegivinglinen.com); spreading the freeing message of my book Chucking College: Achieving Success Without Corruption at www.chuckingcollege.com to young people who wish to gain a higher education without losing their faith, fidelity and finances in the process at ; and serving expectant mothers as a doula and birth photographer here in SW Colorado (www.devotedhandsdoula.com). My homeschool background serves me well in the pursuit of learning Hebrew. After my first non-successful exposure to Hebrew, the heavenly Father was gracious to give me a few years to warm up to the idea of learning this life-changing language. When I was ready, He sent two friends who sat down with me at two different times and began to introduce me in a gentle way to the language of Creation and of Messiah's coming kingdom (by teaching me the alephbet and vowel points). I remember the light-bulb experience when I "got it" and finally understood how to read Hebrew. (As an aside, I think that there is probably an initial spiritual wall to learning Hebrew that has to be overcome. Understanding that can be an encouragement to stick with it!) Something clicked in that... Read the rest of this story on the Stories page at holylanguage.com!
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Can you see which word the yad is pointing to? ;)
I'm excited to announce that our first ever NEW TESTAMENT Hebrew Chapters episode of the week is out! Read word by word through MATTHEW 1 in a translation of the New Testament into Biblical Hebrew by Franz Delitzsch. I guarantee these studies will help you see the Jewish Jesus - Yeshua! - and understand the Hebrew context of the writings of the Apostles and the early church to a depth you never have before. Unless you really, really don't want to go there.
Go to the Classroom page at holylanguage.com to watch and read along for yourself!
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Check out this Hebrew course. It's so hipster.
The U.S. Foreign Service Institute came out with it in 1965. It comes with a workbook and forty units on 'tape'. (Remember those?)
Two interesting things about this course. One, their transliteration is unique. For instance, the letter chet is transliterated with the letter x. And two, it's modern Hebrew, but...old modern Hebrew. Like how your grandparents talked. It's a hipster Hebrew course!
Download it for FREE here, compliments of Holy Language Institute. www.holylanguage.com/downloads/fsi-basic-hebrew.zip
You can also find it by Googling 'FSI Hebrew'.
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Mayeen is a member of the Holy Language tribe, and - this is different - she doesn't follow Yeshua, and is learning Hebrew! Here's her story.
Hi there! I'm just going to follow the format laid out to me in the "tell your story" section at holylanguage.com.
1. How did I start following Yeshua? I actually don't follow Yeshua, in the most commonly thought-of sense. I am Muslim and regard him as one of many prophets but I do not consider him the son of god or the messiah.
2. How and why you started learning Hebrew: I began studying Christianity in detail in the fall of 2013. I flew through the basics and even the New Testament but the Old Testament really fascinated me. Being fascinated with the Old Testament obviously leads to a healthy interest in Hebrew and I started to think about studying Hebrew seriously.
3. How you found us and what you've been learning: I am seriously studying the Old Testament this summer and began by listening to the recitation of the Masoretic text in Hebrew. I was listening to a recitation on Youtube when I came across a video talking about holylanguage.com
4. I just graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Biology and will be attending medical school in the fall. I have a free summer before medical school and so am using it to pursue my academic interests: comparative religions, philosophy, and the Old Testament.
Have a good one!
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If it wasn't for Jews there wouldn't be the weekend. Jews made up the idea of a seven day cycle with a day off at the end, and it was such a great idea it went viral. Go hug a Jew today and say "thanks for the weekend!" Shabbat shalom from the Holy Language tribe and holylanguage.com!
#shabbat #sabbath #torah #jews #jewish #hebrew
CONTEST just for fun!
First, HERE'S the secret you need to know. The Hebrew word for "yes" is "ken".
Caption this picture, somehow using the Hebrew word for "yes" in your caption.
For the full contest, go to our Facebook: www.facebook.com/holylanguageinstitute
Just say YES!
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~PERSONAL GLIMPSE~ My four year old daughter Tirzah and I regularly read from the Gospels in Hebrew after supper. This evening we finished reading through the Gospel of Mark! Here's the version we read from, the beautiful Delitzsch Hebrew-English Gospels by Vine of David. Way to go Tirzah, I'm proud of you baby! If you can do it, anybody can! :D
~ANNOUNCEMENT FROM IZZY~
Would you help me find a modern Hebrew teacher, and a good modern Hebrew textbook?
Here's the story and how to help.
I've had a secret for the last several months that I haven't told you until now. I'm taking two Hebrew teachers on to teach live weekly lessons at holylanguage.com. One will be doing biblical, and the other modern, Hebrew. :D
I have a modern Hebrew teacher lined up for you. She's a young Messianic Jew who made aliyah and served in the army not too long ago and is a great communicator. But she can't start until December.
So I'm looking for a Messianic believer interested in teaching a weekly modern Hebrew class between now and January, and then teaching the occasional class after that too.
I'm also looking for a modern Hebrew textbook to work from. My preference would be for a public domain textbook in PDF.
If you can help me with either of these things or know someone who can, please tell me through email at [email protected]
Thank you! Please pray for us as we introduce this exciting service to the Holy Language tribe.
Izzy #hebrew #modernhebrew #ulpan #עברית
Keta is a member of the Holy Language tribe, following Yeshua and learning Hebrew! Here's her story.
I was raised by a Baptist preacher, one who knew the word in depth. My journey with the Holy One has been long and varied, but I was either IN Christianity or rebelling against it for most of my life. Finally did teshuvah (started doing) in 1993. Never looked back.
In 2003, in great depression and angst, I vowed to come to the Bible and SEE for MYSELF what it said; all religion was now under scrutiny. After being raised on mostly “NT” scriptures, I wanted to see if any of it really made sense, and I wanted to start at the beginning and try to understand what had been written before; I reasoned that the NT could only be true and “Jesus” could only be the savior of the gentiles if He was actually the messiah of the Jews. How could I know unless I studied TaNaKh? So I did.
I started participating in an inductive Bible study for women at my church. This quickly took up 3 to 9 hours a week, and it varied, but I worked through almost all the TaNaKh with them. As I studied with them, they would say “Oh, This is only for the Jew. This is done away with. This we don’t have to keep since Jesus “nailed it to the cross.” Ya da ya da blah blah blah….. I was skeptical.
I’ve been MOSTLY in the TaNaKh studying for the past 11 years, trying to bring some balance to my understanding of the written revelation of G-d as He gave it, and as He expects us to understand it. This has SHAKEN UP MY WORLD! When I was dissatisfied with the responses from my Presbyterian, Charismatic, Bible study leader, I would search the web, trying to find the traditional Jewish interpretation of what I was reading, and trying to get beyond the Christian interpretation and understanding of the TaNaKh. I spent hours and hours rea... Read the rest of this story on the Stories page at holylanguage.com!
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Celebrating #Shavuot - the festival of Weeks - at Beth Immanuel #Messianic #Synagogue. Here is their gorgeous ark in which the holy scrolls are kept. Can you read any of the Hebrew words on it? I thought this picture is fitting because today we remember the gift of God's #Torah to #Israel and the whole world, and the gift approximately 1500 years later of the Ruach Hakodesh - the Holy Spirit - through whom the Torah is written on our hearts! Happy #Pentecost!
At the annual conference of the Messianic Jewish teaching group, First Fruits of Zion, for the festival of Shavuot. Just enjoyed an energetic conversation about learning philosophies with two of my favourite Hebrew teachers on the planet – Yisrael Levitt of www.hebrewmadesimple.com fame on the left, and Aaron Eby of www.organichebrew.com fame in the middle.
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BEAT FACEBOOK WITH US! Facebook suppresses our posts unless we pay them off. That means you won't get our posts in your feed unless we give Facebook money. That's a PROBLEM!
Our SOLUTION was to create a personal account for Holy Language Institute. Facebook is smart so they wouldn't let us use the name Holy Language. But we are smarter so we just wrote Holy Language in Hebrew letters instead.
All that to say, please ADD US HERE: https://www.facebook.com/100004663696516
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Robin is a member of the Holy Language tribe, following Yeshua and learning Hebrew! Here's her story.
Hi, Everyone! I'm Robin, and this is my story. I've tried so hard to pare this down, but condensing 58 years of searching into a few paragraphs, and then sharing what I do for fun and work, has been a challenge :) I grew up in California, but our family was from Alabama - strictly Bible-belt attitudes! You went to church every Sunday because that's just what people did. I can't say that the Christian lifestyle was extremely important the rest of the week, however. My grandfather often read the Bible on his own, but he was the only one. As a child I had no idea that the desire to serve Yeshua could be all-encompassing. It was simply what one did on Sunday, just as one went to school Monday through Friday.
We all attended a Disciples of Christ congregation. The story I had been told was that earlier all our relatives had been Methodist (and indeed, that's what my cousins were), but that when my mother's parents had gotten married, that had changed. My grandmother—named Aleph—had been Episcopalian, and instead of her joining my grandfather's church or him joining hers, they had together joined a third denomination that they could both get behind. When my mother and father got married, he—a German Lutheran—had also joined the Disciples of Christ.
Where we lived there were many Jewish families, and in my class in elementary school there were few “Gentiles”. We called the winter break “Christmas vacation”, but our holiday crafts were all about Hannukah, and on High Holy Days there were very few students in school. It was intriguing to me to learn about Jewish customs, but when I'd be caught drawing a Star of David or talking about foods I had enjoyed at a friend's house I'd be told to stop it b... Read the rest of this story on the Stories page at holylanguage.com!
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JUST SO YOU KNOW Hebrew Chapters is going to be different.
I won't bore you with all the background details - just tell you that the new Hebrew Chapters are going to be shorter and more focused. The deeper word studies I'll be doing as Hebrew Sketches instead.
I'm also going to begin going chapter by chapter through books of Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, instead of bouncing around.
So, without further ado, we're reading Genesis 1 for Hebrew Chapters this week! Watch the trailer here http://youtu.be/CywuJZVURjM and watch the whole episode on the Classroom page at www.holylanguage.com!
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THIS JUST IN - POPE, NETANYAHU SPAR OVER THE LANGUAGE SPOKEN BY JESUS "Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago. “Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew,” Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a strong connection between Judaism and Christianity. “Aramaic,” the Pope interjected. “He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew,” Netanyahu shot back.
Israeli linguistics professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann told Reuters that both Netanyahu, son of a distinguished Jewish historian, and the Pope, the spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, had a point. “Jesus was a native Aramaic speaker,” he said about the largely defunct Semitic language closely related to Hebrew. “But he would have also known Hebrew because there were extant religious writings in Hebrew.” Zuckermann said that during Jesus’ time, Hebrew was spoken by the lower classes – “the kind of people he ministered to.” Friends, this ignorance runs throughout the Christian community right up to the Pope himself! People don't realize the mother tongue of the Jewish people was also the mother tongue of Jesus. They assume it had to be EITHER Hebrew or Aramaic, when archaeology and historical writings indicate that BOTH Hebrew and Aramaic were living languages and were used in the time of Yeshua. They don't realize Jesus read the Bible in Hebrew, prayed in Hebrew, knew and used Hebrew IN ADDITION TO Aramaic.
We have our work but out for us! Join the Holy Language tribe REPRESENTING our Hebrew-speaking Saviour! Learn his language for yourself at holylanguage.com!
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My friends, with the advent of the screen and internet, a huge shift has taken place. And I can't tell you how important I think it is, especially as it relates to our mission to communicate Messiah's message and make disciples. We have changed ERAS - from the Gutenberg to the Zuckerberg era. What does that change mean? It means that my generation doesn't communicate through literate methods anymore so much as we communicate through visual and oral - i.e. storytelling - methods. That's why I talked to my congregation for TWO MONTHS about telling the stories of Scripture word of mouth. (Download those talks here http://tinyurl.com/kejtp8f)
This is a serious shift! And I'd like to introduce you to someone who can help you navigate it. Meet William "Bill" Bjoraker. Bill is a pioneer and prophetic voice in a small but growing movement to return to communicating Scripture the way it was originally communicated - as stories told word of mouth. And, as the Associate Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies and Contemporary Western Culture at William Carey International University, with a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary in Intercultural Studies and Contemporary Western Culture, he's got the education to back his message.
Here's what you can do to become a part of this and keep from getting left behind.
1. READ Bill's manifesto here, it's the best thing I've read yet about storytelling from a Jewish perspective: http://tinyurl.com/qfo29sq
2. WATCH his video here: http://youtu.be/37Niq2lRYLg
3. LIKE his page here: http://tinyurl.com/kzl2oxd and ADD him here: http://tinyurl.com/mjar6jr
4. EMAIL him at [email protected] and ask to be added to his email list.
5. LEARN about his upcoming storytelling seminar in Israel here: http://tinyurl.com/ov42xra and SUPPORT it here: http://tinyurl.com/oyrl9a6
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But his delight is in Adonai's Torah, and on his Torah he meditates day and night.
כִּי אִם בְּתוֹרַת יְהוָה חֶפְצוֹ וּבְתוֹרָתוֹ יֶהְגֶּה יוֹמָם וָלָיְלָה׃
Face the HOLY BOOK in the HOLY LANGUAGE with us at www.holylanguage.com. You will never know what it's like until you experience it for yourself!
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ALL THIS for only $20 a month and 60 hours of your time - WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? www.holylanguage.com
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