Between the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the trial of Saddam Hussein, the subject of war and peace has been all too relevant recently. Now is the time to ponder the perspectives of the Jewish tradition regarding this topic. Swords and Plowshares, by Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, offers comprehensive analysis of Jewish texts?ˆ”biblical, rabbinic, and medieval?ˆ”that deal with the subject of war and peace. Each text is presented in Hebrew and in English, followed by study questions and commentary. Through such guided study, the reader will appreciate the nuances in the Jewish tradition regarding both times of war and times of peace. Examples from modern history are also provided to illuminate the textual subjects.
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.