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The Mitzvah in Bar and Bat Mitzvah

10 May

The Mitzvah in Bar and Bat Mitzvah a Guest post by Marcia Goldlist for Mitzvot Unplugged.

We are happy to have a guest post by Marcia Goldlist as part of Mitzvot Unplugged, discussing using her Bible in Rhyme series as a way of teaching Bar and Bat Mitzvah. A common question asked of b’nai mitzva is, “What are you doing for your bar/bat mitzva?” Everyone knows that what people really mean is […]

Review: Every Picture Tells A Story by Chaim Natan Firszt

3 Jun

every picture tells a story breishis

My daughter has been mentioning that her school, which is not in walking distance, is having learning at ten at night for students at the school for Shavuot, including for the first graders. She wanted to learn Torah too so I told her she could use the two “Every Picture Tells a Story, Volume One: […]

Simple Mini Torah cookies

30 May

filo dough torah cookies via Birkat Chaverim

We made these for Simchat Torah but they are equally good for Shavuot which celebrates Matan Torah, receiving the Torah. They have a little cinnamon and sugar on them. It isn’t an original idea, I think we saw this somewhere as bourekas.

Accessing the Torah with Jewish Interactive

22 May

Accessing the Torah with Jewish Interactive a guest post for mitzvot unplugged via birkat chaverim.

As part of the Mitzvot Unplugged Series we are happy to welcome a guest post from Nicky Newfield, Corinne Ossendryver, Miriam Eljas and the Jewish Interactive team. Jewish Interactive is a non-profit organization, founded in South Africa, whose mission is to create interactive Jewish programs, using modern technology, to make Torah more relevant, accessible and […]

Mitzvot Unplugged Roundup

14 May

Mitzvot Unplugged Series Welcome from Birkat Chaverim

This is by no means a comprehensive roundup. In a way, I think that it in part focuses on topics that may not usually be included in teaching about values, but which definitely need to be dealt with from the perspective of your own family values rather than via mass media. Always looking for additional […]

Tiny Ninja Theater’s M’amati (From When)

5 May

As part of the Mitzvot Unplugged series we are pleased to have Dov Weinstein, director of Tiny Ninja Theater, talk about a creative way of teaching gemara. “Tiny Ninja Theater presents M’amati (From when?)” is an educational performance piece based around the opening Mishna in (tractate) Berachot.  It uses everyday objects, oversized copies of Talmud, […]

Teaching Pirkei Avot

3 May

teaching pirkei avot guest post for mitzvot unplugged series via birkat chaverim

As part of the Mitzvot Unplugged series we are happy to welcome Jennifer from  Adventures in MamaLand. She will be talking about teaching Pirkei Avot. It’s spring… time to learn Pirkei Avot! Traditionally, that’s every Shabbat afternoon between Pesach and Shavuot, one of six chapters per week. Many people keep going until Rosh Hashanah, but […]

Mitzvot Unplugged Welcome

28 Apr

mitzvot unplugged teaching jewish values

I’m very pleased to welcome you to the first ever Mitzvot Unplugged Series. The series developed as a conversation in my head and then with my kids. As my children get older I think more and more about how to inspire and develop their own desire to be good people, love of Torah and desire […]

Mitzvot Unplugged

31 Mar

Mitzvot Unplugged Series from Birkat Chaverim

From Lag BOmer to Shavuot I will be hosting a blog series called Mitzvot Unplugged. The main theme of the series is teaching tiny tots/kids/young adults Jewish values in a creative way. I am pretty excited about this series, and about the people who have already agreed to participate in the series who range from […]

Cheese glorious cheese

2 Jun

And butter. Dairy is associated with Shavuot and making cheese and butter is not a very difficult project to do with children of all ages. Above are examples of butter and cream cheese. For butter:  Take some cream and shake it for about fifteen minutes. Cream Cheese: Use yogurt, sour cream or shamenet matok. You […]