Vessels of Light

Vessels of Light

The letters of the Hebrew aleph bet are gateways to a vast world of meaning, prayer, meditation and music.

Whether it’s been decades since you once were taught to read, or you’re an absolute beginner, this is an open invitation to join a warm community of fellow learners.

Through an easy-to-use video conferencing service, you will be reading your first words by the end of our very first class, and be familiar with the entire Hebrew alphabet by the end of our ten week semester.

We will engage the Character of each character, exploring the deeper symbolism of each letter’s form and function.

Course dates

You will get the most out of this class by attending in real time, on each of the ten course dates. But life happens. Each course will be recorded, archived and available online in case you missed anything our wish to review. Ten Thursdays, 6:30-7:45pm.

  1. October 31

  2. November 7

  3. November 14

  4. November 21

  5. December 5

  6. December 12

  7. December 19

  8. January 2, 2014

  9. January 9

  10. January 16

Technology Requirements

The course is a classroom without walls. We’ll feel more like a cohort if we can see and hear each other. We’ll be using a video conferencing system called (if you’ve used Skype, you can use this). You’ll need an internet connection, webcam and modern browser (full technical details here). I recommend you “arrive” in the classroom at least 10 minutes early to get the glitches out of the way.

If you’re away from the screen, you’ll also be able to call in, but you’ll be missing out on a lot of the (visual) material.


L'shon Kodesh Hebrew PrimerBring paper and pens to class, and this Hebrew primer: L’Shon ha-Kodesh: A Beginning Hebrew Book for Adults. West Side Judaica (2412 Broadway btw. 88th & 89th Sts.) has several copies in stock.

I am using the following books as primary sources for my research (you will not need to own these):


Suggested tuition is $360 for ten weeks. You can pay via Dwolla (preferred), PayPal or by check. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. This class is limited to 25 students. Register here:

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