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post #21 of 58
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Where did you find Shalom Sesame?
post #22 of 58
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Originally Posted by eilonwy
Where did you find Shalom Sesame?
The Judaism . com site sells the Shalom Sesame videos.
post #23 of 58
The copy we currently have we took out of the library. I want to buy the set that we saw when we went to the Hanukah party at our local Jewish Museum. It would be a birthday (or purim)present for dd. It was a long vhs with the holiday episodes, seasons, alef-bet and numbers ( I think I'm remembering it right). Then again, we keep talking about getting rid of the tv, so I'm not sure what our final decision will be.

P.S. I've seen copies fairly reasonable on e-bay if you are looking for vhs too. What I would really like to see are some actual Resov Tsumsum episodes though.
post #24 of 58
are gentile mamas raising half-jewish kids welcome? (since i'm not here to do anything but listen & hopefully absorb & help teach my kids about their culture, i hope so.)

always regretted not getting those hebrew letter blocks.

anyone have this? i've been contemplating: http://www.geniusbabies.com/first-th...in-hebrew.html

two books we have been enjoying this season: 'four sides, eight nights', rebecca ben-zvi, and 'hanukkah, shmanukkah!' esme raji codell (a beautifully illustrated and amusing retelling of the scrooge thing.)

also got: 'to life! chanukkah', a cd with mandy patinkin, etc. (the boys liked actually hearing a recording of 'the dreydl song', they kind of thought it was just our personal little ditty, lol. the perils of growing up in a baptist wonderland.)
post #25 of 58
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I'm curious-- what do you mean by "half-Jewish?"

Eventually, I'll cruise eBay for them. Our library does not have Shalom Sesame (though one of the other branch libraries may, I'll have to look into that) at all. It's a very small town. I did find some Channukah books today, and that's kind of a neat change of pace, but around Pesach you can't find any books at all, kwim? For some reason, the only Jewish holiday that most gentiles around here seem to have heard of is Channukah.
post #26 of 58
Is this group open to Messianic Jewish homeschooling families?
post #27 of 58
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Originally Posted by HappyMomof3
Is this group open to Messianic Jewish homeschooling families?
Messianic Judaism is actually a Christian program which is aimed at luring Jews away from Judaism; Messianic Jews are in fact Christians by definition, so Jewish life isn't really an issue.

Anything new this week? As much as I've been worrying about BeanBean's lack of exposure to Judaism, I've been impressed by what he's picked up. For example, on the second night of Channukah, he wanted to know why I didn't say "the shechy-hechy one" (meaning Shehechiyanu). I was so proud of him for noticing!! Each night, I said the brachos one word at a time and had BeanBean repeat after me, and was pleased to see BooBah join in. When I did it at my mom's house, that was the best because my 5-year old niece absolutely loves repeating after someone (she's got Asperger's and like many aspies is somewhat echolalic). Her echolalia allowed her to repeat perfectly what I said, so BeanBean got to hear another child saying the brachos with him. I was thrilled but a teensy bit sad to see the channukiah all filled up last night... :
post #28 of 58

let's not get into "Spirituality"

Since we're in the education forum, let's say that anyone who wants to be educated about Judaism is welcome to join.
post #29 of 58
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Originally Posted by eilonwy
I just found a really fun website with great aleph-bet coloring pages. Akhlah: The Jewish Children's Learning Network.


thanks! great site for aleph bet and coloring!
post #30 of 58
We use this site for printing Torah/Parsha coloring pages from. It is http://www.aish.com/torahportion/col...loringPage.asp
post #31 of 58
ooooh, good one, thanks!
post #32 of 58
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Something that has totally slipped my mind from childhood-- the Parsha of the Week; is it the one that you read on the Shabbos before the week, or the one that you read the following Shabbos? In other words, this week's Parsha, will it be read tomorrow or was it read last week?
post #33 of 58
I believe this week's Parsha will be read tomorrow. You might check OU or Chabad site for this sort of info though if no one responds.
post #34 of 58
The parsha to be read this week, for tomorrow is Genesis (B'Resheet) 44:18-47:27. That is listed on our calendar on the 7th of January (Tevet 7), and that is what will be discussed on that date. We read it with our children during the week prior to the 7th, and color 1-3 of the coloring pages with them, from the website I mentioned earlier. I hope this helps. I'm sure there is a website some where with all the parsha readings listed, and the dates they would be read/discussed/reviewed (can't think of the right term for it). If I have time I will look around and post it. All of our children have chest colds at the moment, so I'm staying very busy.
post #35 of 58
Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up that www.kehotonline.com (the Chabad publications site) is having a 50% off sale until Monday.

They have a whole section for Jewish educators, including books of interesting craft/activities ideas for parsha, etc. They have great kids' books, and I also just ordered a CD called "A New Day" which teaches the shacharit (morning davening) through songs, etc.



Good Shabbos!
post #36 of 58
This week's parsha is "Vayigash" and it's read in full tomorrow (Saturday) in shul. Parts of it were also read this week on Monday and Thursday, which are the weekdays the Torah is read in part during Shacharit services in shul.
post #37 of 58
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Thanks ladies, I knew I could count on y'all.

So... shall we begin motzei shabbos with a discussion about how we're incorporating next week's parsha into learning with the kiddles?

I wanted to share a few adorable, Jewish moments that I've had with BeanBean & BooBah over the past 24 hours:

BooBah's been carrying a stuffed bear around lately. Last night, I asked her if the bear had a name. "Name?" she pondered. "Firstname Middlename?" she asked me. "That's BooBah's name. Does the bear have a name?" "Yes. Name's Shehah." "The bear's name is 'Shehah?'" "Yes," she said, and put her thumb back into her mouth. BeanBean looked up and said, "She means 'Shehakol,' the bear's name is Shehakol." BooBah affirmed this. Isn't that cute?! I almost melted.

This afternoon, BeanBean was lining things up. He said, "These are my candles," and then proceeded to say the first bracha for lighting Channukah candles! : He remembered the whole thing, I was so tickled. It made me feel a bit sad that I don't have any Shabbos candlesticks (to say nothing of candles). What a lovey!
post #38 of 58
Ok so get some candlesticks from your Mom, Rynna. Or geez, I'll send you some. The candles are pretty darn cheap....gotta be the only thing Kosher that is.

Off to look at that website for the SALE!
post #39 of 58
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Originally Posted by mamaverdi
Ok so get some candlesticks from your Mom, Rynna. Or geez, I'll send you some. The candles are pretty darn cheap....gotta be the only thing Kosher that is.

Off to look at that website for the SALE!
My mom hasn't lit Shabbos candles in at least 20 years... probably longer. If she has candlesticks, she has no idea where they are.
post #40 of 58
D'oh! Well, I don't think you need anything particular---oy or do you? We have a lot of different candlesticks. PM me, maybe I can trade you a few things. Did you ever find snow boots for BeanBean?
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