Conjugation For Liberation

a three-week crash-course in Talmudic grammar with SVARA

Wednesdays, August 11, 18, & 25

7:00–8:30 PM ET | 6:00–7:30 PM CT | 4:00–5:30 PM PT

We’re so excited to announce Conjugation for Liberation, SVARA’s 3-week Hebrew grammar class! Taught by SVARA Fellow and systematic grammar nerd extraordinaire Amir Starr Weg, in this class you’ll liberate yourself from grammar’s obscurity, familiarize yourself with the Hebrew verb systems (binyanim), learn to recognize and conjugate Hebrew verbs.

About this learning space:

This course is designed for folks who are feeling strong in their basic Hebrew skills, feel confident identifying roots and affixes, and are ready to delve deeper into the verb system to enhance their Talmud skills.

This class is for you if:

  • You’ve gained some experience with Talmud study at SVARA
  • You can vocalize Hebrew words with some ease
  • Learning more grammar feels like the next tool to add to your Talmud study tool-belt

In the first week of this course we explore the structure of the Hebrew language and and learn the semantics of the Hebrew binyanim. In our second week, we will learn the system of prefixes and suffixes which are added to roots to specify the time and subject of the action. In our final week, we will examine the conjugations patterns specific to each of the seven Hebrew binyanim. However, you don’t even need to know what those words mean in order to come learn this stuff with Amir! That’s what we’re gonna learn together!

What you’ll need:

  • a Hebrew conjugation workbook provided by SVARA
  • a Jastrow dictionary will be handy but for this course accessing it online will be fine. (If you would like a hard copy—and, really, you should get one for all your learning—you can order one directly from the publisher here or from your local Jewish bookstore.)

Enrollment and Tuition:

We prioritize maintaining a significant majority of queer- and trans-identifying people in each program, and we prioritize the participation of people of color and people with disabilities. We will be enrolling registrants on a rolling basis, and you should expect to hear from us within three business days based upon the receipt of your registration. 

Tuition for the Conjugation for Liberation is offered on a sliding scale of $85-$300.

Visit our Enrollment and Tuition page to learn more about the values that guide this process.

Your Teacher:

Amir Weg (he/him) – SVARA Fellow

Amir has been a student of Talmud and a SAVARA-nik since 2013. He joined the staff in 2017, and serves as SVARA’s Yeshiva Administrator. Amir is a member of the second cohort of the SVARA Teaching Kollel and runs workshops in Hebrew/Aramaic grammar at Queer Talmud Camp and other programs. Outside of the beit midrash, he spends his time listening to podcasts, watering his numerous house plants, and cooking Shabbat dinners.