|The HPLS Reform Service Study Guide is for the Friday Night Reform
Service. This siddur was prepared for Temple Beth El and is the only
HPLS publication written specifically for the Reform Service.
Arranged in 8.5" x 11" format with the binding on the 8.5" edge.
|The preface to the Study Guide was written by Jeffery A. Freedman. It has been quoted it in
its entirety because Mr Freedman so aptly explains the benefits of the HPLS siddurim:
|© 2017 F. Ephraim Linker.
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P.O. Box 670723
Kew Gardens Hills, NY 11367-0723
|Friday Night Reform Service Study Guide
To My Adult Beginning Hebrew Students:
I have been searching for years to find the "right" presentation of
materials to help in teaching this class. Adults tend to have different
learning and memory wiring in their brains than do children; so it's
necessary to format the teaching of this class differently. Children
work better with repetition: the bah bah bah that you may have heard
from your young ones after Hebrew School. In my 21 years of
teaching experience - at least with Hebrew - adults favor pictures
(pneumonics) where they can form basic relationships between the
letters and the sound.
My wife has struggled for years with "squiggles," as she calls them in
reference to the Hebrew language. She sees the letters and vowels,
and recognizes the sounds of them; but cannot associate written word
to its meaning. Her struggle has provided me with the impetus to find
a better way to teach Hebrew. Following use of this text, my wife
went on to recently have her Bat Mitzvah; and is now chanting Torah
on a monthly basis. That's how powerful this teaching method is!
For several years, I have been acquiring "interlinear" Hebrew/English
texts: Siddurim, Psalms, Haggadot and other prayer-oriented books.
These texts provide each line of Hebrew with word-for-word English
translation. I gradually incorporated portions of these texts in my
Hebrew classes with good success. However, one crucial aspect has
been missing from a teaching standpoint: transliteration. We adults
love to see a word in Hebrew and how it sounds in English.
Some time ago I ran across a set of teaching guides produced by Mr.
F. Ephraim Linker of Flushing, New York. To my excitement, the
guides include word for word Hebrew, faithful English translation and
transliteration. The critical test came when we took the Shabbat
Evening Volume 4 to services; where my students have been able to
follow the entire service - and actually understood what they were
The original guides are copywritten; and it is certainly not my intention
to violate the law by reproducing parts of them. Accordingly, Mr.
Linker and I have edited his original documents to create this primer
as a teaching tool for you. I mention parts because the six volumes are
designed for Orthodox and Conservative observance.Students of
Temple Beth El may not feel comfortable "reading between the lines."
So I have included those prayers, or portions of prayers commonly
recited during our Shabbat Evening Service. The textbook you are
reading will only be used in this class; and not distributed to the
Ethically I feel it is important to mention that when you purchase this
primer for use in my class, you will be paying for paper and
reproduction costs only. I'm sure Mr. Linker would not turn away a
donation for his intellectual contributions to this work (P. O. Box
670723, Kew Gardens Hills, NY 11367-0723). You may also visit his
website at http://www.HebrewPrayersLearningSeries.com.
I welcome your comments on this extracted version of the guide, and
hope that it provides you the foundation to build on your study of the
Hebrew language through further classes and seminars.
Jeffrey A. Freedman
Gig Harbor, WA
|F. Ephraim Linker
Hebrew Prayers Learning Series