Our Torani Ulpan’s Guiding Principle

The guiding principle that the Machon Meir Hebrew ulpan has set for itself is to provide a bridge between the secular and the sacred through study of the Holy Tongue, Ivrit. Because of this, we provide a place for those asking, “Where can I learn Hebrew with spirituality?”

Despite the cultural gaps between Jews who have returned to Israel, what strengthened the bond within the Jewish People and actually became the melting pot of the cultures brought to Israel was the Hebrew language. Since Hebrew’s rebirth, it has become the common tongue of the Israeli public at large, as opposed to earlier times when Hebrew was only spoken in a Torah setting. Thus, the ulpan’s goal is to provide a bridge between the unique world that the student brings with him to Israel and Israeli society.

The tools we employ to accomplish this mission are the study tools every student needs in the Beit Midrash: namely, humility and fortitude. The fortitude to know and to teach the Holy Tongue thoroughly, and the humility to bring each student not only to desire to learn Ivrit but to turn the Holy Tongue into an inseparable part of his being.

At the end of the course, interested students will have the opportunity to take an Education Ministry Hebrew test in which they will be required to show familiarity with the units learned. Their test grade will constitute a diploma of sorts, by which employers will be able to assess the candidate’s level of Hebrew. Additionally, the grade will help students going on to Hebrew academic programs to prove their expertise in the language.