FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HEBREW READING (KRIAH)

Q: What can I do to help my son/daughter’s kriah?

A: We have a video which explains how to help children self-remediate, self-correct without being corrected. It covers how to help children build their reading accuracy and fluency.

 

Q: My child is struggling with learning all the Aleph Bais letters. Do you have any suggestions?

A: Our experience is that when taught Aleph Bais in multiple learning styles, modalities and intelligences, the vast majority of children “struggling” with learning the Otiot and Nekudot will master them with joy!

This is explained in the Lashon Hatorah Teacher Training DVD, available in the catalog page.

The Preschool Aleph Bais section of our catalog is geared toward helping children with the foundational skills of:

Tzuras HaOis Recognition
Differentiation between similar letters
Learning the names of the Aleph Bais
Learning the Order of the Aleph Bais

 

Q: What should I do for a child/student who is struggling with building vocabulary?

A: Every child is gifted in at least 1-3 intelligences. If you can teach Hebrew vocabulary using multiple modalities, learning styles and intelligences, you are likely to reach the child in one of his strengths. See the Lashon Hatorah section of our catalog for many educational materials designed to build a child’s (and even adult!) Hebrew vocabulary. Especially, check out the 303 shorashim vocabulary flash-cards for the most frequently appearing root-words, the Climbing Har Sinai Workbook, and the educational activities in Lashon HaTorah Manual and DVD. Also, see below video for a short outline of the program.

Q: What basic skills does my child need to become an independent Hebrew reader?

A: There are basically 8 steps a child needs to master in preparation for Chumash. The lack of mastery in any one of these 8 steps can easily sabotage the student’s mastery and love for learning.

The child has to master:

  1. The shapes of all the letters
  2. The sounds of the Nekudos
  3. Blending of letters and sounds
  4. Read accurately
  5. Read fluently
  6. Know the most frequently re-appearing shorashim in Chumash
  7. Know all the prefixes.
  8. Know all the suffixes.

Each of these steps are clearly outlined in the Lashon HaTorah Manual and DVDs. See the Lashon Hatorah section of the catalog for more details. Below is an outline of the Lashon Hatorah program.

CHUMASH

Q: How can I help my child/student get ready for Chumash?

A: There are basically 8 steps a child needs to master in preparation for Chumash. The lack of mastery in any one of these 8 steps can easily sabotage the student’s mastery and love for learning.

The child has to master:

  1. The shapes of all the letters
  2. The sounds of the Nekudos
  3. Blending of letters and sounds
  4. Read accurately
  5. Read fluently
  6. Know the most frequently re-appearing shorashim in Chumash
  7. Know all the prefixes.
  8. Know all the suffixes.

Each of these steps are clearly outlined in the Lashon HaTorah Manual and DVDs. See the Lashon Hatorah section of the catalog for more details.

Q: How do I get my student to know the basic story and general knowledge of Chumash?

A: Our “Chumash Memory-System” is a simple program for memorizing all the chapters in Chumash, along with the essential information of each chapter. This system is an excellent complement to actual Chumash learning, boosting the student’s self-esteem and confidence in his own memory as he learns the outline of the entire Chumash. See the Chumash Memory-System section of our catalog for the following:

  1. The Chumash Outline and Parsha Summaries Book: An outline and summary of each perek in the Chumash
  2. The Chumash Outline Stick-Picture Cards: A picture for every single chapter of the entire Chumash.
  3. Chumash Memory-System Manual
  4. Chumash Memory-System Cards

MISHNA/GEMARA

Q: My son/student is struggling with learning Mishnayos, do you have any suggestions to make it easier?

A: Check out our Taryag Mitzvos program…..because according to the first Rav Bartenura on Avot 1:1, Mishnayos is actually a peirush to Taryag Mitzvos. I have personally asked over 40 rebbeim teaching Mishnayos: ‘how much of your time is spent teaching the background information in each Mishna?’ The lowest answer I received is 50% of the class time is learning the information without which you cannot understand the Mishna. If children would learn 613 Mitzvos, they would already be familiar with the vast majority of the background information. We have made learning Taryag Mitzvos very easy and simple with pictures for every single Mitzva and basic information cards for each Mitzva. See the Taryag Mitzvos section of our catalog for the list of available manuals, cards, and other educational materials.

Also, check out www.mishnasdura.org.il to see how you can learn Mishnayos in the most organized method possible. They also have a summary of every single Mishna in all Shisha Sedarim.

Q: Any tips for a student or adult really struggling with understanding Gemara?

A: Yes! Check out this video on How to teach Gemara:

Q: My students remember what they have to remember for the test, but if I quiz them days and certainly weeks later, they have forgotten what they learned! What strategies do you have to help with retention over time?

Answer:

Chazal tell us the Torah can only be a real kinyan, acquisition, if one uses Simanim (Eruvin 54b). Based on this, we have developed memory systems to help children remember what they learn. We also encourage you to look at the materials we created to assist with visual memorization of the Chumash storyline and Taryag Mitzvos.

The most tried and proven way to retain information is review. Also Chazal wanted children to learn Chumash with Trop, the musical cantilation.

ONE MINUTE MASMID

Q: I learned in Yeshiva many years but gave up becoming a Talmid Chacham. I still do not believe I will ever amount to anything, but am wondering, do you have any suggestions for someone who relates to Rabbi Akiva who wants to start again, but does not have much time each day to learn?

A:  Yes, read The One Minute Masmid. You will never be the same again, guaranteed!

Q: I read The One Minute Masmid and it definitely re-inspired me with a full tank and an actual map of how to succeed in learning. However, how can I apply the book to my personal situation?

A: We get this question often. Look at the first Appendix in The One Minute Masmid, it has a list of all the practical applications from the entire book. Hatzlacha raba!

EMUNAH

Q: I am having serious Emuna issues. Can you help me?

A: Check out our Mp3/CD series on Empowering My Jewish Identity Volume 1 and Volume 2 (especially the lectures titled Fingerprints of Divinity.)

Also, check out our History Timeline presentation:

Also, for an extra dose of Emunah, definitely read Rabbi Arush’s bestseller Garden of Emuna. It is the most sold book in the Judaica English world, well over a million copies. It’s message is powerful!

 

Q: I am having personal issues with my relationship with Hashem, I find myself estranged and losing my desire to be a frum Jew!

A: Don’t quit! Ever!

Try our lecture series It’s Never Too Late and the single Mp3/CD lecture 1-800 ALMIGHTY (from the album To Deepen My Relationship with Hashem).

Q: I was really inspired by Gateways seminars, do you have any of the lectures that strengthen Emuna adapted for children and teenagers?

A: Yes, in fact, the entire History Time Line presentation is based on the Arachim Seminar (who trained Gateways) and has been distilled for young children in the early grades all the way through to adults. Thousands of children and teenagers have seen this presentation and it is a total gamechanger. It literally injects Emuna into our children in less than two hours!

Check out the Timeline section of our catalog page for our list of educational materials, including our manual, Timeline posters, and teacher training DVDs.

Below is a video outline of the Timeline program:

TEENAGERS

Q: I am an anxious parent for my younger boys. My eldest had issues with Taavos Nashim, it is difficult to find Torah guidance on this subject and I want to reach my younger boys before the street does. Do you have any suggestions?

A: Check out our lecture How to Speak to Your Children about The Birds and The Bees.

Also Feldheim came out with a translation of Sefer Zos Brisi and it is acclaimed by many Gedolim as chizuk and guidance in matters of Kedusha. This will help struggling teenagers.

Q: I have a number of teenagers and between them all, I could do with both chizuk and guidance. Any suggestions most welcome...Please!

A: Check out the following lectures in our Successful Parenting Volume 1 and Volume 2 lecture series:

  1. Surviving My Child’s Adolescence’ Part I and II
  2. How to Say No! And Survive To Tell About It!
  3. Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World

Also check out the following books:

  1. The Frum Revolution: A Comprehensive Solution to the Off-the-Derech Crisis by Eli Rietti
  2. The Thinking Jewish Teenager’s Guide to Life by Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz
  3. On the Derech by Rabbi YY Rubenstein’s

OTHER

Q: Where can I learn more about Mystical Meaning of the Aleph Bais class you gave?

A: Here is a link to the audio version and here is the link to the booklet.

Q: I have several friends who lost a lot of weight (over 70 lbs) just following the strategies in your Art of Healthy Living Series, where can I learn more?

A: Click here for the book on The Art of Healthy Living based on the Health Directives of Rambam. You can also get the six part series in audio mp3 here. It covers Rambam’s guarantee for excellent health and his directives on diet, exercise and common sense health decisions. Enjoy!