17 Songs from traditional Jewish Liturgy have been combined into one program. You can now learn the basics of Liturgy from the Friday evening Qabbalat Shabbat service to the Shabbat morning Shachrit service to the close of the Shabbat with the Havdalah service. Later, hebrewrsouces.com plans to introduce other Songs from the Liturgy which will give you a fuller appreciation of the spiritual meaning of the Shabbat Day.
The format for Shirei Ha-Shabbat is multi-media: using Audio and Visual techniques with games, quizzes, and matching exercises to augment the learning experience.
Multi-media Features Will Have You Canting Liturgy
As mentioned above, Shirei Ha-Shabbat uses a multi-media approach to aid the instruction process. Each Song appears in Hebrew characters with the vowel points already activated. Also, we have incorporated different features to ensure that you learn the Song as it is ?canted? (or sung) by the Cantor.
One of these new features allows you to point your cursor at a Hebrew word and instantly a pop-up box appears with the transliterated pronunciation of the word with the English translation and its grammatical use. If you click on the word, you will hear the Hebrew pronunciation of the word, but this is not all?at the beginning of each line, you will find two buttons, one reveals an English translation of the line, the other one sings the line (in the voices of one of our cantors).
Also, we have developed a new function called Canted Song. This function allows you to hear the entire Song Canted in Hebrew in either the Ashkenazi or the Sephardi tradition.
One feature, called Auto-speak, allows you to hear the pronunciation of all the words of the Song, one-by-one, at various speed intervals. As you progress through the program, another feature will allow you to turn-off the vowel points for each story. This will give you practice reading Hebrew without the use of vowel points, which is very valuable, as most Hebrew publications are written without vowel points. All Israeli children start to learn to read without vowels by the third or fourth grade.
The key concept for learning Hebrew (or any language) in Shirei Ha-Shabbat is carefully timed Repetition. To re-enforce this concept, we have added games, quizzes, and matching exercises.
All of our features are geared around the audio-visual format. One of our games is loosely based on the old television game show ?Concentration.? The game is one of memory skill: the object is to find two occurrences of the same Hebrew word or the English translation of that word.
We use quizzes and good old-fashioned matching exercises to help you learn Hebrew. To make sure you are actually learning and not just memorizing the pattern of the presented material, the Shirei Ha-Shabbat program mixes the sequence of each question and answer: no two quizzes or matching exercises will be presented in the same sequence.
We recommend listening to the Songs to hear the Cantor sing the words. You may listen to any Song on the menu in any order. Ii it is better to listen and hear the Songs before seeing them and trying to read them. Listening/Speaking Hebrew is an entirely different skill set than reading Hebrew. Other than the above recommendations, feel free to skip around between the different exercises.
The “Hardware” Behind Shirei Ha-Shabbat
Shirei Ha-Shabbat uses the Audio and Visual approach to learning ? incorporating different features which allows for the broadest spectrum of instruction. The program comes complete with one simple easy to install CD.
Once the program is installed, please go to Start and then All Programs to find Shirei Ha-Shabbat link to check out our sub-links which are part of the program. These links include the Getting the Most PDF, the hebrewrsources.com website link, a link to JewishRock.com and the ?Kol HaShabbat? songs PDF page, and the link to launch the Shirei Ha-Shabbat program, plus more links.
The ?Getting the Most? PDF lets you know the best way to use the program so you can learn Shabbat Liturgy.
The link to our website, hebrewrsources.com, allows you to do research. We not only sell products, but we provide Free information where you may learn more about Hebrew or Judaism in general.
JewishRock.com is a great source for modern Jewish and Jewish renewal music. We encourage you visit this website. We are currently bundling Dan Nichols CD ?Kol HaShabbat? (The Voice of Shabbat) with our software. You can listen to ?Kol HaShabbat? in the car, and learn beautiful modern and hip renditions of classic liturgy.
Heads Up on JewishRock.com
Dan Nichols and Mason Cooper are the voices behind “Kol HaShabbat.” Together they from the core of the Jewish rock group “Eighteen.” Dan’s music has become an important part of the Reform Jewish movement, with synagogue youth and clergy alike incorporating it into their curriculum and services. Dan’s goal is to give “Jewish” music a modern “Rock” sound in order to reach Jewish youth and transmit to them the ancient spiritual heritage of Judaism.
Dan attended URJ (formerly UAHC) Goldman Union Camp in Indianapolis, IN for 10 years as a camper and since 1994 has returned yearly to facilitate as the camp?s artist-in-residence. For the past five years, Dan has served as artist-in-residence for High Holidays and
Madrichim retreats at Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield, MI. For the past four years, Dan has been on the faculty for Hava NaShira, a national songleading program sponsored by the URJ, which serves over 180 rising song leaders throughout North America.
As we mentioned earlier, we are bundling “Kol HaShabbat” from “Eighteen” with “Shirei HaShabbat.” If you would like to know more about Dan Nichols, “Eighteen,” or JewishRock.com, please click on the Heads Up link above.
Here are the 17 Songs from the “Kol HaShabbat” album by “Eighteen”:
Hinei Mah Tov
Here are just a few items included with the “Shirei HaShabbat” program:
17 Songs from Jewish Shabbat Services
For Anyone of Any Age – 5 to 105
Learn Traditional Ashkenazi and Sephardi Canting Styles
Learn to Cant the Basic Erev Shabbat Service
Learn to Cant the Basic Shachrit (Shabbat Morning) Service
Learn to Cant the Basic Havdalah Service
Mouse-Over any Hebrew word for instant pronunciation and transliteration
Recorded by 2 Cantors
Did We Mention – “Fun” – learning to Cant Shabbat Liturgy !
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