Many people see the Talmud as nothing more than a dry compendium of
legal opinions, but in fact the Talmud represents a rich repository of
literature encompassing all aspects of the world of the great Rabbinic
Sages. Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, author of Swords and Plowshares: Jewish
Views of War and Peace and Heads and Tales: Stories of the Sages to
Enlighten Our Minds, presents a window into this world in Love Tales
from the Talmud. Featuring original texts, translations, commentary, and
study questions, this accessible introduction to the study of Rabbinic
literature explores classic Jewish wisdom on love and relationships.
My Jewish World: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum (Book/CD set)
Music can be a wonderfully effective teaching tool for preschool aged children. My Jewish World guides teachers through the process of introducing and utilizing song in the classroom to teach Jewish values.
In her comprehensive and easy to follow book, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh includes twenty-six songs, religious and secular, that will help to facilitate an environment of fun and learning. Each song addresses important Jewish concepts and many use Hebrew words and prayers. Judy provides comments, activities, and creative ideas, specific for each song, which can be used in the classroom to learn about being Jewish every day. The importance of saying the Sh'ma each morning, learning the Hebrew words for colors, understanding body parts, and the value of cooperation are only some of the Jewish concepts touched on in the book.
In addition, Judy Ginsburgh includes a list of suggested books for many of the topics. These books help to reinforce and expand the lessons laid out in the curriculum.
With a helpful glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and the companion music CD, My Jewish World is a wonderful guide to making music significant in the Jewish classroom.