Category: Hebrew

  • 2013 Goals – Hebrew

    I’ve saved for my final goals post the most challenging one I have this year – getting a handle on Hebrew.  I’ve written before about my challenges with languages in general, and with Hebrew in particular.  Its been a hard road.  In attempting to learn this language I’ve set many a goal, and have failed […]

  • The Year That Was

    About a week ago I was doing a loop around the park when I was passed by a member of my running club.  In the summer of 2011, when I was running strong and setting PRs, he and I were just about the same speed.  Perhaps I was even a little faster.  Now, he was […]

  • A Plan for the Holidays

    Eighty hour works weeks, buying a condo, traveling for the holidays. Excuses, excuses, excuses.  E-fucking-nough.  I’ve got to get a regular running and studying routine going, and its got to happen now.  To help that along I’m taking a page from Runners World and doing a little holiday streak challenge.  I’m committing to running and […]

  • A Hebrew Update

    In yet another attempt to keep on task regarding my Hebrew study, I’m going to update the study once a week. It’s been rough, as many of you noted, doing this on my own is difficult.  This week I managed half an hour, bringing my sad, sad total for the year to 35.5 hours.  That […]

  • Studying in Public: Keeping My Nose in the Books on the High Holidays

    One of the leading scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls prays at a modern orthodox synagogue I have attended on occasion.*  While he prays, he keeps open before him a number of books – midrashim on the Torah and Talmud, I believe.  When there is a break in the service, he turns to his other […]

  • A Hebrew Study Plan

    While there have been some ups and downs in my fitness training recently, I think all in all things are going well.  My running is pain free, the climbing is getting better, and I’m losing weight.  All good news.  Hebrew study however has been disastrous.  I go on short binges where I am diligent, and […]

  • Numbers 7.9.2012 – 7.15.2012

    Numbers 7.9-7.15 Total Hours of Exercise: ~8:30 Running : 11.6 miles in ~1:50 Cycling Time: ~00:00 Strength and Flexibility Time (stretching, lifting and bodyweight work): ~1:30 Climbing ~3:40 Other (hiking) 4.5 miles ~1:30 (5 pound pack) Hebrew Study Time: ~0:45 Comments: Running is coming along pretty nicely, a little tightness in Achilles, but nothing too […]

  • Week in Review: Ending 5/13/2012

    Scheduling.  It always comes down to scheduling.  I work fifty to sixty hours a week, I’m married, I have a social life, where does study and working out fit in? Sometimes it isn’t easy, lately it has been downright impossible.  Another week of not meeting my goals, but this coming week is another chance to […]

  • Learning Hebrew

    Generally, a classical education in the western sense begins with Latin.  The languages use of roman characters, status as the grandfather of the romance languages,  and deep influence on English all make it much easier to lean than, say, Greek.  My father knows Latin; my wife studied it and can still conjugate the occasional verb, […]