Holidays

  1. Stephen Covey and High Holidays: A Text Study for the Busy Jewish Professional

    Stephen Covey and High Holidays: A Text Study for the Busy Jewish Professional

    The High Holidays are traditionally times of reflection. We are called upon to take time to consider the year just ending and the one to come. Of course, those of us in the “business” of Judaism—educators, clergy, teachers, staff—may find ourselves asking, “And with all I have going on right now, when exactly is that reflection supposed to happen?” This time of year - particularly this year, which has been filled with so much grief, anxiety, and tumult - can feel so hectic for us that this particular moment may not feel at all like a good time to reflect. In fact, it might feel like the perfect time to have give in to the stress. Too often we get caught up in the urgent and critical task of helping others get this new year underway, and set our own needs for reflection aside.

    As a result we may feel out of step with those reflective messages of the High Holidays.

    Stephen Covey’s book, 

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  2. Simple Yet Meaningful Rosh Hashanah Resources for Remote or Blended Environments

    We've rounded up some free, ready-to-go Rosh Hashanah lessons and activities to make good use of your limited time and students' limited attention span.

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  3. Ready-to-Go Shavuot Activities

    Introduce students and families to this joyful holiday through these two resources that come complete with activities and guidance for active, creative learning. 

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  4. These Great Kids' Books Are Not Your Usual Passover Fare

    How matzah is made, Passover in turn of the centruy Argentina, and a Passover puppy--unusual Passover fare in these great stories from Apples & Honey Press

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  5. 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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  6. How This Passover Will Be Different from All Others

    Here is a checklist to get you started on planning.

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  7. 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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  8. Tools to Master the Mah Nishtanah

    Tools to Master the Mah Nishtanah

    For a limited time, we’re making available the Mah Nishtanah digital module of Hebrew in Harmony - our innovative music-based curriculum - for FREE.

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  9. A Passover Lesson on Freedom to Use Right Now

    A Passover Lesson on Freedom to Use Right Now

    Deepen the holiday learning by focusing on the big ideas to make best use of your limited time and attention spans to create rich learning.

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  10. Ready-to-Go Activities for Deeper Purim Learning

    Ready-to-Go Activities for Deeper Purim Learning

    Enjoy these simple, ready-to-go activities focused on Purim and its big themes. 

    For Your Youngest Learners

    Movement and mindfulness

    Try this activity about bravey - a Purim theme - from the freshly updated Let’s Discover the Holidays series of 4-page folders: Tell children to tilt their heads up and stand straight and tall. Or try making strong muscles in their arms. Invite children to make a circle and do the activity with brave poses. Encourage them to notice where in their bodies they feel brave. (in my muscles; in my heart; my brain; my arms and legs) Suggest they try another pose and see if their brave feeling changes too. Have them create a pose that shows what bravery feels like i

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