A Study Text Based on the Midrash M'gillat Antiochus
Chanukah is one of the most celebrated of Jewish holidays, but how much do we really know and understand about it? A Faithful Spirit is based on a midrashic text, M'gillat Antiochus, which is traditionally read during Chanukah in Italian and Yemenite synagogues the same way that M'gillat Esther is read at Purim. This medieval midrash emphasizes an active, flexible faith that can be adapted to meet the needs of the times and circumstances, and deals with maintaining a Jewish identity while living in a non-Jewish world. Rabbi Levy helps readers deepen their understanding of the message of Chanukah and add new meaning to modern observance of the holiday. This work includes the Hebrew and English text, d'rash and p'shat commentaries, related mini-essays, and gleanings.
From the first notes of this remarkable recording you'll know it's not the "same old Chanukah music." With joyful exuberance, Julie Silver brings a refreshing new sound to many of our Chanukah favorites. Weaving threads of rock and folk with musical traditions from around the globe, the innovative arrangements and Julie's clear, soulful vocals perfectly capture the powerful message and enduring spirit of Chanukah. An instant favorite for listeners of all ages!
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.