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Comics to Teach Jewish Values

We have touched on the use of comics to teach Jewish values in Mitzvot Unplugged posts in the past. Aartist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik uses comic books in his papercuts and in his workshops. Flora Rosefsky’s mentoree,  Adam, created a Purim costume for a super hero, and we talked about one of my favorite comic books about Rabbi Arye Levin in another post. ...

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The Koren Mahzor for Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim a Review

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The Mahzor Texts

It makes sense to have a review of the World Mizrahi Koren Mahzor for Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim on a site that was created to support a fundraiser for Mizrahi's youth movement, Bnei Akiva. There are all kinds of good things about this mahzor. The main purpose of the mahzor is to have an organized collection of the prayers said by most congregations for Yom Hazikaron, Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim. In the commentaries near the prayers are discussions about issues that come up with these contemporary holidays- can one say Hallel? ...
A Temple in Flames Book Review

Review: The Temple in Flames The Story of the Final Battle for Jerusalem

I meant to review this in the summer during the 9 days, but given what was going on then, I found it too heavy to review this book. That is not to say that I did not find it to be interesting and a useful resource, just given its subject matter, it was too difficult. The tenth of Tevet seemed an appropriate time to review it. I know that The Temple i ...

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Review: Every Picture Tells A Story by Chaim Natan Firszt

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: Bereishis" and "Every Picture Tells a Story, Volume Two: ...

Review of Seven Steps to Mentschhood by Stanley H. Fischman for mitzvot unplugged via birkat chaverim

Review: Seven Steps to Mentschhood Training Your Child to be a Mentsch

As part of Mitzvot Unplugged I am happy to review Stanley Fischman's Seven Steps to ''Mentschhood'' - How to Help Your Child Become a Mentsch: An Interactive Guide for Parents, published by Urim Publications. Mentschhood at Home In our home we are constantly telling our children that we want them to grow up to be mentchen. However, we did not have a def ...