Izzy here. How are you? I'm in the Jacksonville airport right now about to board a flight home after a weekend conference. I wanted to briefly pass on some advice to you that Chana, a member of our tribe, recently shared in on Holy Language Tribe group on Facebook. She's one of our most enthusiastic and advanced students, so these ideas are coming from someone who knows what she's talking about!
"My heart is overflowing with love for our Mashiach Yeshua. I also feel overwhelmed with appreciation and love for Izzy and his staff at HLI. I have learned SO much from Izzy in the past year of my studies! Some suggestions:
buy those keyboard stickers for your computer keyboard and start typing in Hebrew - this will help you learn both Modern & Biblical Hebrew faster plus it's FUN :-)
Make a schedule for yourself (mine is on the fridge) to include (but not limited to) Torah/Parashah studies, Modern & Biblical Hebrew studies and both block and script writing of Hebrew
LISTEN daily to Hebrew being spoken whether or not you understand it - you will learn to speak it faster (trust me on this)
Listen and sing along with Hebrew songs - preferrably praise/worship songs - this will also help you learn Hebrew faster.
*Finally, do everything Izzy says because he's our teacher and well because there is something about Izzy that makes you WANT to!! Shalom!
Thanks Chana for those tips, and for your encouragement! And if you have any advice or experiences you'd like to share with our community, I'd love to share that too. Just hit reply and send me that note.
Linda is following Yeshua in a Hebrew way! Here's her story.
I was raised in a very conservative Southern Baptist home in eastern Kentucky. At a very young age I had a passion for studying my Bible, and constantly asked questions. My parents really tried to answer my questions but the one question they could never answer to my satisfaction is “why do we not keep the Sabbath?” Their answers never gave me peace so I continued to ask every minister who would listen. Eventually I married an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Church of Christ). My husband and I had 5 children and adopted 8 children with special needs. After 17 years of marriage he left me for another woman. The shock for me was more than being left with 13 children to raise, the shock was more because I couldn't fathom that a married man could even consider looking at another woman, much less commit adultery. Through all the pain in my life and the changes in my life the One constant has been Yeshua.
About 10 years ago the question of keeping the 7th day as Sabbath had never been answered for me. I had heard all the answers of "historical tradition" and "Paul says the law was done away with", but there was never a peace in my spirit about those answers. So I made a decision to consciously put aside all the doctrine teachings I had been taught and start at the beginning of the Bible, praying for wisdom and understanding, and find my answer. I learned about fringes on your prayer shawl and writing His words on the doorpost of your house and on your arm to remind you of His Torah. Over and over I read these commandments are "forever". At this point I had to have a prayer shawl!
The day my prayer shawl arrived in the mail my granddaughter was sitting at the table being tutored by her teacher. I opened the box and the tutor gasped and said, "that's a prayer shawl!" It turns out she was a Jewish woman whose first language is Hebrew. She put me in touch with a retired rabbi who had taught New Testament theology at a Hebrew university in Ohio. The rabbi taught Biblical Hebrew classes in his home. My church had "Life Groups" and I asked my group if anyone was interested in learning Hebrew. One woman said yes, my friend Sheryl, (another new tribe member) and we began taking Biblical Hebrew. That was the beginning of a journey orchestrated by the Creator that has brought me a love for Yeshua that I can't even describe. The question that has been on my heart since childhood has been answered for me, I keep the Sabbath. The rabbi no longer teaches class but a few weeks ago while searching for a group to celebrate Sukkot with this year, I found a link to Holy Language Institute and joined immediately.
When I look back over my life and see how the puzzle pieces have been put together, I realize if I obey His Word and listen to His Voice, He will put the right people in my path at the right time, and if I earnestly seek for Him to put the desires in my heart, He will be faithful to put a fire in my passion and the tools needed to fuel that fire in my path. What a MIGHTY God we serve!
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