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Lesson 6: Ruth 2:1-7

See the bottom of this post for an audio file from the live class.

וַתֹּאמֶר רוּת הַמּוֹאֲבִיָּה אֶל־נָעֳמִי אֵלְכָה־נָּא הַשָּׂדֶה וַאֲלַקֳטָה בַשִּׁבֳּלִים אַחַר אֲשֶׁר אֶמְצָא־חֵן בְּעֵינָיו וַתֹּאמֶר לָהּ לְכִי בִתִּי
(Ruth 2:2)

READING TUTOR:
Note that the “a” sound in general is “ah” — when “e” ends a syllable it is “uh” as in “maroon” (MUH-roon) — “e” with a consonant after it rhymes with “bed” — “ie” here should rhyme with “pie”:

va-toe-mer root ha-moe-avee-yah el-na-oe-mee ayl-kha-nah ha-sa-day va-alakoe-tah va-shee-boe-leem akhar asher emtza-khayn be-aynav va-toe-mer lah le-khee vee-tee:

See “Chance and Divine Purpose” for some extra insight into Ruth 2:3.

COHORTATIVES AND THE PARTICLE OF ENTREATY:
In English, we might say, “I will go” or “may I go?” We have certain words for permission (the optative mood as some grammarians call it, or the Jussive or Cohortative use of the verb). In Hebrew, an Imperfect verb in the 3rd or 2nd person can sometimes be Jussive, expressing a wish (“may he go,” “may you go”). Sometimes, with some roots, there is a spelling difference between the Imperfect and the Jussive, whereas at other times they look perfectly the same. Continue reading

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Reading Tutor, Ruth 1:19


וַתֵּלַכְנָה שְׁתֵּיהֶם עַד־בֹּאָנָה בֵּית לָחֶם וַיְהִי כְּבֹאָנָה בֵּית לֶחֶם וַתֵּהֹם כָּל־הָעִיר עֲלֵיהֶן וַתֹּאמַרְנָה הֲזֹאת נָעֳמִי׃
(Ruth 1:19)

READING TUTOR:
Note that the “a” sound in general is “ah” — when “e” ends a syllable it is “uh” as in “maroon” (MUH-roon) — “e” with a consonant after it rhymes with “bed” — “ie” here should rhyme with “pie”:

va-tay-lokh-nah she-tay-hem ad-bo-a-nah bayt lakhem va-ye-hee ke-vo-a-nah bayt lekhem va-tay-hoam koal-ha-eer alayhen va-toe-mar-nah ha-zoat Naomi:

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Reading Tutor, Ruth 1:11


וַתֹּאמֶר נָעֳמִי שֹׁבְנָה בְנֹתַי לָמָּה תֵלַכְנָה עִמִּי הַעוֹד־לִי בָנִים בְּמֵעַי וְהָיוּ לָכֶם לַאֲנָשִׁים׃
(Ruth 1:11)

READING TUTOR:
Note that the “a” sound in general is “ah” — when “e” ends a syllable it is “uh” as in “maroon” (MUH-roon) — “e” with a consonant after it rhymes with “bed” — “ie” here should rhyme with “pie”:

va-toe-mer Na-oe-mee shoe-ve-nah ve-noe-tie lammah tay-lakh-nah eemmee ha-oad lee va-neem be-may-’ie ve-ha-yoo lakhem la-ana-sheem:

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Reading Tutor, Ruth 1:8


וַתֹּאמֶר נָעֳמִי לִשְׁתֵּי כַלֹּתֶיהָ לֵכְנָה שֹּׁבְנָה אִשָּׁה לְבֵית אִמָּהּ יַעַשׂ יְהֹוָה עִמָּכֶם חֶסֶד כַּאֲשֶׁר עֲשִׂיתֶם עִם–הַמֵּתִים וְעִמָּדִי
(Ruth 1:8)

READING TUTOR: Note that the “a” sound in general is “ah” — when “e” ends a syllable it is “uh” as in “maroon” (MUH-roon) — when “e” has a consonant after it pronounce as a short e as in “bed”– “er” should rhyme with “err” as in “to err is human”:

va-toe-mer Na-oe-mee leesh-tay khaloe-tay-ha laykh-nah shoav-nah eeshah le-vayt eemah ya-as Adonai eema-khem khesed ka-asher asee-tem eem ha-mayteem ve-eemadee:

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Ruth 1:5 Reading Tutor

וַיָּמוּתוּ גַם־שְׁנֵיהֶם מַחְלוֹן וְכִלְיוֹן וַתִּשָּׁאֵר הָאִשָּׁה מִשְּׁנֵי יְלָדֶיהָ וּמֵאִישָׁהּ׃
Ruth 1:5

READING TUTOR: Note that the “a” sound in general is “ah” and “e” by itself is “uh” as is “maroon” (MUH-roon):
va-ya-mootoo gam-shenei-hem Makh-loan veKheelee-yoan va-teeshah-ayr ha-eeshah mee-shenei yela-dei-ha oo-mei-eeshah.

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Ruth 1:1-4 read aloud …

For those learning to read Hebrew.

RuthReading 1.1-4

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Ruth 1:1 Reading Tutor

וַיְהִי בִּימֵי שְׁפֹט הַשֹּׁפְטִים וַיְהִי רָעָב בָּאָרֶץ וַיֵּלֶךְ אִישׁ מִבֵּית לֶחֶם יְהוּדָה לָגוּר בִּשְׂדֵי מוֹאָב הוּא וְאִשְׁתּוֹ וּשְׁנֵי בָנָיו
(Ruth 1:1).

READING TUTOR: Some who are beginners Continue reading

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