Jewish Journal


June 28, 2007

Curtain call—Stars and Stripes forever


In honor of the Fourth of July (this year the United States turns 231), YeLAdim feels like singing. Match the lyrics below to the patriotic song it comes from. Get some help from your mom or dad and then listen for the songs while you watch the fireworks.
(Quiz answers at the bottom of the page.)

1) "America the Beautiful"
2) "America"
3) "God Bless America"
4) "God Bless the U.S.A."
5) "My Country, 'Tis of Thee"
6) "The Star-Spangled Banner"
7) "This Is My Country"
8) "This Land Is Your Land"
9) "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
10) "You're a Grand Old Flag"

a) And crown thy good with brotherhood.
b) And forever in peace may you wave.
c) A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam.
d) 'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land.
e) California, to the New York Island.
f) From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
g) Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
h) I pledge thee my allegiance, America, the bold.
i) Stand beside her, and guide her.
j) We huddle close; hang on to a dream.

Are you a fairy-tale fanatic? Is "the end" really just the beginning? Then the Santa Monica Playhouse has the show for you this summer. "And Awaaay We Go to Wonderland" is an interactive musical comedy where the audience gets to choose the ending to classic fairy tales like "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Sleeping Beauty." The show plays weekends at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. from now through Sept. 30. $10.50 (kids 12 and younger), $12.50 (adults). 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. For more information, visit http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com or call (310) 394-9779, ext. 2.

Holidays NOT on the Calendar

July 15: National Ice Cream Day. If you've been craving a trip to Coldstone or Baskin-Robbins, today is the day to go. A whole day dedicated to something as yummy as ice cream -- how cool!

July 29: NASA's 49th Anniversary. Why not blast off in your imaginary rocket ship and explore the universe in honor of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration? Go to www.nasa.gov to learn more about the out-of-this-world things NASA does.

The Saddest Day of the Year

This year, the fast of Tisha B'Av (the ninth of Av) starts the night of July 23 and ends on July 24. It is called the saddest day of the year because a lot of really awful things happened. Below are some of the things that have taken place over the years on or around this day.
  • The First and Second Temples were destroyed;
  • The Alhambra decree expelled the Jews from Spain;
  • King Edward I expelled the Jews from England;
  • The first killings took place at Treblinka concentration camp.

Talk to your parents or grandparents and ask what they do to remember this day.

Qiuz answers: 1a, 2j, 3i, 4d, 5f, 6g, 7h, 8e, 9c, 10b

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