Jewish Journal

For the Kids

by Abby Gilad

January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

Epic Proportions

Shemot, the new book of the Bible we begin this week, is the story of the Exodus -- of how the Israelites were freed from their bonds of slavery and sent out into the desert on a long journey. They were free, but they also had many dangers they would encounter before they reached their home. It is as exciting an epic as the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy -- there are miracles and magic, enemies who must be fought and internal conflicts among the characters.

What is your epic? What dangers will you need to be careful of this year? What fears will you need to overcome? Remember, there is always a Gandalf or a Moses who will help you on your way!

Word Magic

Did you know that J.R.R. Tolkien named some of his characters based on Hebrew language roots? Can you guess who was named for what?

"To rule" in Latin is regere -- it is related to the Hebrew word arag (to weave). Guess who?

The golem was a monster that a great rabbi made out of clay. Guess who? ( See page 38)

My Gandalf or My Favorite Teacher

Write an essay and you can win an ice cream party for your class.

Interview and/or write about your favorite teacher:

What does he/she do besides teach?

Is he/she active in any charitable/environmental organizations?

What are his/her hobbies?

Why is he/she your favorite teacher?

What are his/her favorite part of being a teacher?

Discover the answer to these and/or other questions that you want to ask your teacher. Send essays to abbygilad@yahoo.com . Deadline: Feb. 17, 2004

Answers From Last Week: Wonderful Words: 1) Conservation; 2) Conversation. One Cool Rebus: Service

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