Got a question about Hebrew tutoring, bar and bat mitzvah tutoring, or other Jewish learning here at Jewtor? Here are some of the Hebrew tutoring questions students ask when they’re thinking about starting to learn Hebrew or study for a bar or bat mitzvah.
How long are the lessons?
Lessons can be 30, 45, or 60 minutes. If you are studying Hebrew, I recommend three 30-minute lessons a week. Language acquisition experts say the best way to learn a language is to practice it often. Having said that, I understand that this is not always possible, so it’s really up to you.
For bar/bat mitzvah students, I typically do 60-minute lessons, consisting of 30 minutes of Hebrew reading, and 30 minutes of Judaic studies in English, because learning for a bar or bat mitzvah is more than just chanting Torah. For adult bat mitzvah students, it depends on what you want to learn.
There are many different formats, and what works for one person, doesn’t for another. I am flexible.
When can I have lessons?
I am available every day except Saturday. I live in the eastern time zone (same as New York) and mornings, afternoons, and evenings are all usually OK.
How often should I take lessons?
This is entirely up to you. For language acquisition, often is best, but you do what you can.
How do I pay for lessons?
At the end of each month, I send you a PayPal invoice to your email. It comes with simple instructions on how to pay securely with a credit card or directly from your bank. You pay PayPal, and they pay me, which means that you don’t have to give us your financial information, and we don’t keep any.
What happens if I miss a lesson?
I kindly request that you give a me at least two hours notice in order to not get billed for a lesson that you won’t be able to attend. If you drop me an email, we can reschedule the lesson.
My family is not affiliated with a synagogue. Can I still sign up my child to learn for bar/bat mitzvah with you?
Of course you can. I can even help you figure out some ideas on how to organize the happy event, whether that’s in your home town, in Israel, or a destination.
How hard is it to learn Hebrew?
Learning Hebrew really isn’t as hard as it looks. Yes, it’s a different alphabet (well, a different alef-bet!), but it’s much simpler than English. Think of how many tenses there are in English. Modern Hebrew only has four, and Biblical Hebrew really has only two, with arguably one more. I’ll help you learn the alef-bet, and the sky’s the limit from there.
Where can I get textbooks for learning Hebrew?
Here is a list of Hebrew textbooks that I use with my students.