Monthly Archives: December 2019

  1. Best Stories of 2019 for Educators

    End the year with seven of our most popular articles, covering great ideas from icebreakers to madrichim programs to talking with kids about difficult things.

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  2. Our Favorite Hanukkah Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

    Our Favorite Hanukkah Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

    It's that time of year, so let's talk Hanukkah gifts. Here are our favorite gift recommendations for kids, retirees, teachers, artists and even you (yes, it's OK to treat yourself!). All of our Hanukkah suggestions are available on Amazon, and if you're a Prime member, you're eligible for free 2-day shipping.

    Looking for teacher gifts for your school? Contact us about quantity discounts.

    Gifts for Kids

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  3. Effective Hebrew Learning: Writing as a Pathway to Stronger Speaking Skills

    Expose students to the nuance, advises Dina Maiben, director of the Hebrew program at Gratz College

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  4. Hebrew Wordshops: Praying Jewish in Honor of Thanksgiving

    Hebrew Wordshops: Praying Jewish in Honor of Thanksgiving

    Written by Dr. Jeremy Benstein, "Hebrew Wordshops - A New Way to Connect to Hebrew" explores the potency of the three-letter roots that enrich our connection to Hebrew and Jewish values. 

    "To pray" in Hebrew is לְהִתְפַּלֵּל l’hitpalel, a term that actually means "judge, judgment.” This verb and the word for prayer, תְּפִילָּה t’filah, come from the root פ-ל-ל (p-l-l), and words derived from it mean "to be judged" or even "to judge oneself." This is a far cry from our usual ideas of liturgy.

    There are actually several different types of Jewish prayer, with a range of Hebrew words that help us express an attitude of gratitude, and more. Judaism traditionally acknowledges four types of prayers: petition (bakashah); penitence (s’lichah); praise (hallel); and thanks (todah).

    These prayer words have become super-useful words in secular Israeli Hebrew.

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  5. Behrman House Authors Coming to Biennial

    Behrman House Authors Coming to Biennial

    See who's leading sessions, and find their books at our boothmany at special Biennial discount prices. 

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  6. New Release: Positive Judaism

    Rabbi Darren Levine challenges us with new ways to approach relationships, careers, health, and money to increase lifelong happiness.

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  7. Help Students See Hanukkah in a New Light

    Help Students See Hanukkah in a New Light

    Here are two ways to explore the big idea of Hanukkah.

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