Learn to Write the Hebrew Script Aleph Through the Looking Glass Jonathan Orr-Stav

Yale Language Series
Publication date:
10 Nov 2005
Yale University Press
176 pages: 210 x 140 x 12mm
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Learn to Write the Hebrew Script presents a new and innovative approach to learning the Hebrew script. Drawing on the common ancestry of European and Hebrew alphabets and the natural inclinations of the writing hand, Orr-Stav shows how the Hebrew script may be understood and acquired almost intuitively through a three-step transformation of ordinary Roman-script cursive.

Thoroughly researched but written with a light touch and the empathy of someone who’s been there, Learn to Write the Hebrew Script uncovers several surprises and dispels much of the mystique of what is often an intimidating subject, making the script of the Old Testament much more accessible to millions of non-Hebrew speakers worldwide.

"What sets this book apart is its novel approach to the subject, which offers the Western reader a far more accessible and less intimidating approach to the subject."—J.P. Kang, Princeton Theological Seminary

"A completely novel approach to this knotty problem. For anyone who wants or needs to learn Hebrew, this book is a must, a valuable adjunct to any teaching aid."—Josephine Bacon, American Translators Association Chronicle

"This quirky, unexpected, and utterly charming book offers a three-step method for learning to write Hebrew script, and the author has a gift for presenting the technical and abstract clearly and disarmingly."—The Jerusalem Report

Raised in Jamaica, New York, and Israel, JONATHAN ORR-STAV is a technical writer, designer, and translator with a lifelong fascination with scripts and information communication. He is currently engaged in optimizing text-based Hebrew communication in information technology.

"[T]his book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Hebrew teaching that will be welcomed by students of biblical Hebrew. The strength of the book lies in the lucidly written Part I, describing the connection between Egyptian, Canaanite and European scripts."—Benjamin Hary, MESA Bulletin