Behrman Staff

  1. How to Talk with Children About Scary Topics

    How to Talk with Children About Scary Topics

    Q&A with Child Psychologist and Author Rona Novick

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  2. Tech Tools to Enhance Remote Teaching

    Tech Tools to Enhance Remote Teaching

    Tech Tools was a regular column of excellent technology tips to inspire you and add creativity to your teaching. Here are a few of those simple tools to enhance remote teaching.

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  3. Contagion, Clinging and Closeness to God: A Hebrew Root For Today

    Contagion, Clinging and Closeness to God: A Hebrew Root For Today

    The Hebrew root for "infection" also points to "clinging to one another" - the best way to support each other and maintain a social glue. 

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  4. Food for Thought: Making Mindful Connections to Our Passover Meals

    Food for Thought: Making Mindful Connections to Our Passover Meals

    A few years ago, a well-known New York chef embarked on a mission to explore why some matzah—at least in his opinion—tastes better than others. He had enjoyed shmura matzah, which means "guarded” or “watched,” and in tracing the matzah back from the bakery to the field where the wheat grew, found a new appreciation for the entire matzah-making process.

    Guarding against chametz begins with the grain, from harvest through to milling. Rabbinic scrutiny ensures that the wheat ripens in the field without use of mechanical driers or chemicals, and is harvested at the ideal moment when moisture content is between 13 and 15 percent. 

    "The requirement for close inspections means I’m observing things that would otherwise go unnoticed,” said Klaas Martens, a grain farmer, in the New York Times story. “I apply it to other crops, not with the same vigilance but with … I don’t want to sound corny, but

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  5. How This Passover Will Be Different from All Others

    Here is a checklist to get you started on planning.

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  6. New Formats Available for Remote Hebrew Learning

    In light of the school closures, we are making it easier for you and your students to access popular Hebrew materials from home. 

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  7. How to Get Good at Getting Older: Q&A with Author Laura Geller

    How to Get Good at Getting Older: Q&A with Author Laura Geller

    Getting Good at Getting Older, by Richard Siegel and Rabbi Laura Geller, was named a 2019 National Jewish Book Award Finalist. It is a tour for all of us

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  8. Planning for Offsite Learning?

    We all continue to follow the news and know this is a time of heightened awareness and concern about the health and safety of our families, students, and community.

    As you and your schools heed the directives set forth by the CDC when it comes to preventative measures to stay healthy, we recognize that you may be exploring potential alternate learning experiences should the need arise for school closures.

    Remember that Behrman House offers a variety of digital learning resources to reinforce skills and continue the learning virtually.

    Using

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  9. How to Choose Your Haggadah

    How to Choose Your Haggadah

    Planning a seder? Start by considering your guest list. Who’s coming largely dictates what kind of haggadah to use. Using the right haggadah makes a big difference in how participants experience the seder.

    Other factors to consider: The length of the seder you want and its tone (solemn, inquisitive, or with a touch of whimsy). This guide will help lead you in the right direction.

    Contact us today at customersupport@behrmanhouse.com to learn about quantity discounts for any of our haggadot.

    The Essential Seder: A Contemporary Haggadah

    by Deborah G

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  10. Movie Based on "The Tattooed Torah" Premiering in March

    Movie Based on "The Tattooed Torah" Premiering in March

    An entire generation of families has shared Marvell Ginsburg's book, The Tattooed Torah. Now the beloved story will be introduced to the next generation in an animated short film premiering at the Chicago Jewish Film Festival on March 8. 

    The illustrated book tells the true story of the rescue and restoration of a small Torah from Brno, Czechoslovakia. Told from a young boy's perspective, The Tattooed Torah teaches the Holocaust not only as a period of destruction but also as an opportunity for redemption. The film is narrated by Ed Asner. The original illustrator created more than 100 new illustrations for the film in the same style as the original book.

    "We are thrilled with how the book adapted so beautifully into the film," says Beth Kopin, the author's daughter, who spearheaded the project in partnership with other family members, as well as the USC Shoah Foundation.

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