Modern Hebrew

Reference Grammars: The best reference grammar for Modern Hebrew is:
  1. Glinert, Lewis. 2004. The Grammar of Modern Hebrew. Cambridge University Press.
Another grammar, not quite as good as Glinert, but a lot cheaper is:
  1. Coffin, Edna Amir & Shmuel Bolozky. 2005. A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew. Cambridge.
Read my review with Harris Lenowitz here

Dictionaries: If you prefer an actual book, I recommend the Bantam-Megiddo - its cheap and reliable. However Milon Morfix is more convenient if you can type Hebrew (see link below). A good translation dictionary is:

  1. Alcalay, Reuben. 1996. The Complete Hebrew English Dictionary.
This is a 5 volume set, and is a little pricey. You can probably find a better deal from an Israeli bookseller, but shipping from Israel takes about 2 months. The most authoritative Hebrew dictionary is
  1. Milon Even Shoshan (Even Shoshan Dictionary), which was reissued in 2004.
This is a Hebrew only dictionary, and does not provide translations.

Web sites:

  1. this is a great free Hebrew-English/English-Hebrew dictionary.
  2. An even better one, made by the same company is but it requires a subscription ($28.00 per year for individuals).
  3. Another great online resource is found at This site features dictionaries, links to Wordnet, links to Wikipedia, a thesaurus, and more. Thanks to Silvio Branco for sending me this link.
  4. The best practice for learning is probably listening to spoken Hebrew. Here is a site where you can watch a 2 hour film in hundreds of languages, including Hebrew:
  5. Here is a great site from the Hebrew program at UT which has video clips and sound bites for all levels of Hebrew students.

Typing Hebrew: On Mac OSX-click the apple in the upper left corner, and go to `system preferences'. Click on `International'. Click on the `Input Menu' tab and scroll down until you see `Hebrew'. Check the box for either `Hebrew' or `Hebrew-QWERTY', depending on your preference (`Hebrew' is the standard keyboard, and `Hebrew-QWERTY' has the Hebrew characters corresponding to their rough English equivalents). When you check the box, the box at the bottom labeled `Show input menu in menu bar' will be checked. Close the system preferences box and look for an American flag in the upper right corner of the desktop. Click on it and you will see the star of David-click on it and you are ready to type in Hebrew. To switch back to English, click on the star of David and select the American flag. The layout of the Standard Hebrew keyboard can be found here.

Jeff Berry 2008-04-29