Izzy here. Can you guess which Hebrew word Tirzah made up this sign language for? I'll tell you in a second, after I tell you the story behind it. I recently read this article about incorporating sign language into linguistic education and was excited because this is exactly what I've been doing with Tirzah for the last couple months!
We read from the Gospels in Hebrew weekday evenings and from the Torah on Shabbat morning, but I haven't felt that her retention rate has been as high as it could be. So I began experimenting with a couple new approaches.
Firstly, I started focusing on quality over quantity. So we learn two new words from our text and then focus on remembering them. I might even drop it down to just one word, we'll see.
Secondly - and this is what the article is about - I have her create her own sign language for those two words. This engages her tactile learning propensities, which are quite strong, and also helps her to own her two new words.
Thirdly, I have her teach the new words with her new sign language to me, and then to whoever else is around. Again, this helps her to own her new words, and also ensures she understands them enough to explain them to someone else.
Read the article for yourself here or you can find it by Googling "unconventional and superior method".
Did you guess the word? It's shamar שמר, the Hebrew word to guard or keep.
Vera is following Yeshua in a Hebrew way! Here's her story.
Greetings Holy Language Tribe,
My shem/name is Vera Moore. I am turning 60 this year and my husband, Michael, turned 62 in Feb. We have a prison ministry coming up on 10 years this November at Farmington Correctional Center= FCC. At Farmington, Mo.
I was born again June 4th 1982. I had received Jesus when I was sixteen, but I had no teaching/discipleship, no root, and fell away. The LORD did not forget about me though, and sent people into my life to tell me again about Yeshua aka Jesus. So, in 1982, I rededicated my life to the LORD and this time it stuck. Smile. I couldn’t get enough of God’s word and couldn’t wait to get my work completed to be able to read HIS word. I had found someone who really cared about me= JESUS. Through some ups and downs, I still clung to Yeshua/Jesus, and He saw me through it all.
Around 15 years ago, the LORD impressed me to read Psalms 119 every day. My eyes were being opened to Torah even then. We were attending the normal Grace dominated sermon teaching church; and for a while that was enough. I started seeing that there were things that were required of God’s kids, so, my study deepened. Funny how the LORD shows you a concept in HIS word, and then you end up seeing it EVERYWHERE. 6-7 years ago we started not “fitting” in to the church we were attending, so we struck out to find another church… well, we didn’t fit in there either. We were starting to get a complex. Then we watched a video of a man who has since moved on to Glory- Zola Levitt. He was Jewish and believed in Jesus and what he said was making sense. So, we looked for others that believed the same way. We didn’t have TV and still don’t, but we had/have access to the internet, and much to our Joy, we found there were more who believed the same way. Then a couple of years ago our son-in-law bought us a Roku box and now the sky is the limit as far as being able to find teaching.
We found the Holy Language Tribe on HRN and that was where we saw Izzy sitting teaching the Hebrew Aleph Bet. We were and still are very elated. We tried to catch as many programs as we could but it was sporadic at best and we knew that wasn’t going to cut it if we truly wanted to learn Hebrew. We decided to order the Hebrew Aleph Bet teaching from Izzy so we could tune in at our convenience. We have found a small group about 45 miles away and we meet with them every other Sat as we hold assembly at the Prison on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays and Sundays.
As far as what we enjoy doing, well, first we love reading and studying God’s word and that is what we spend most of our time doing. I enjoy gardening and knitting as well. I enjoy seeing things grow and enjoy creating things people can wear/use. Mike enjoys reading and sharing God’s word. He also works at the prison as a correctional officer (FCC). He is looking toward the day when he can retire and pursue the Prison ministry full time.
If anyone is interested in contacting us you can do so @ firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us @ 573-330-62865 or drop us a line at the address below…
Thank you for allowing us to share, Shalom Aleichem,
Vera and Michael Moore
4209 Cartee Road Farmington Mo, 63640
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