Comparative Literature and Languages

Hebrew Language and Literature Program

Hebrew Language and Literature Program

Welcome welcome in hebrew

Whether you already know some Hebrew, or are just starting out, Hofstra's Hebrew Program can help you improve and strengthen your skills. If you've always wanted to speak, read, write, and understand Hebrew, or if you've always wanted to read great works of Hebrew literature in translation, or if you've just wanted to sit in a Tel Aviv cafe, read the paper, and carry on a conversation all in Hebrew, the Hebrew Language Program at Hofstra University can help you achieve your goals. Fluency in a foreign language is one of the most sought after skills, and beyond the practical benefits of studying a foreign language, students may find that thinking in another language aids in developing self-understanding. English is written from left to right, Hebrew from right to left. Hebrew language instruction aspires to help students think in a different direction.

Language Instruction

Hebrew language courses expose new learners to a series of comprehensive exercises that move students from the mechanical, to the meaningful, to the communicative. Class sessions are individually designed to introduce and drill grammar and syntax (mechanical), interpret texts and recognize speech (meaningful), and engage in dialogue and written expression (communicative). Through grammatical instruction, written and verbal exercise, oral review, and regular homework, students will gradually acquire language fundamentals and increasing language competency. Elementary Hebrew classes offer a clear path toward language acquisition, while intermediate and advanced tutorials in Hebrew will improve and strengthen basic skills. Those students who have a high degree of fluency from home or school are in an excellent position to major or minor in Hebrew. Feel free to contact the program director for details.

Hebrew Literature

A number of classes focusing on Hebrew literature survey of some of the most significant works of modern Hebrew literary fiction available in translation. In these classes, students consider how the development of Hebrew literature has contributed to the formation of contemporary Israeli and Jewish identity, and how the conflicts that define the turbulent history of Israel are treated in literary works. The selection of diverse voices and literary materials exposes students to the social, political, and historical changes wrought by the rise of modern day Israel. Through lectures, close-reading, and exercises, students are able to gain an appreciation for some of the fundamental tensions that define Hebrew literature and Israeli culture: East vs. West, collective vs. individual, religious vs. secular, Jew vs. Arab, Diaspora vs. Zion, and Ashkenazi vs. Sephardi.


For information about the Hebrew Program, please contact Patricia Welch, Chair.

Nitza Druyan, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature
Office: Calkins Hall 305
Office Phone: (516) 463-5652

Hebrew Programs

B.A. Specialization in Hebrew consists of 24 semester hours in Hebrew beyond HEBR 4, plus six semester hours, chosen under advisement, from Jewish Studies courses (JWST or in other departments as listed under Jewish Studies).
Program Information

Program Information

Hebrew Courses
Use the prefix HEBR (Hebrew) to find the most up-to-date information about Hebrew courses.
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Sample Syllabi

These syllabi are provided as samples only, and do not indicate current offerings or content.