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  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Reason to Obey

    This Shabbat we read the portion of Ki Tavo. In it, Moses tells the Israelites that if they obey all the commandments, they will be blessed with good food, good weather and a good life. But if they disobey the commandments, they will be cursed with misfortune.

    I do...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Josh Fields, 8, of Thousand Oaks, won the "My Amazing Summer" essay contest.

    He wins a gift certificate to the store of his choice.

    I went to Yellowstone National Park two days after school ended. It took two days to drive all the way to Yellowstone. We drove through beautiful...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Workers of the World, Relax

    Labor Day is Sept. 5. We think of all the people who work hard to feed their families. Jews have always been very involved in helping those who are in need. They have established labor unions; they have fought for fair wages; they have led movements to...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Day by Day

    Even though it's summer, you can still learn a thing or two. The first thing you need to know about the Jewish calendar is that it is a lunar calendar -- following the phases of the moon. That means that each month has 29 or 30 days in it. The solar calendar (that's the...

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  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Let Freedom Ring

    July 4, which is this Monday, means barbecues, parades, beaches and fireworks. And why do we do all this? Because the United States of America was "born" on this date in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The 13 colonies became an independent...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Puzzle Place

    Life is a puzzle, don't you think? It's just not always that easy to put all the pieces together in order to see the big picture. But the more we practice, the better we get at it. So, here are a bunch of fun puzzles to get your juices going!

    Torah Challenge

    Can you...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Yard Signs Card

    These are made from yard sign sticks, which you can buy at a garden store. Create and place these signs on the lawn so your dad can read them as he drives up to the house.

    What You Need

    * Lawn care signs/sticks

    * Poster board

    * Hole punch

    * Scissors

    * Pencil or...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Vatch Out! It's Zee Count !

    Passover eez my favorite time of zee year, because I get to start counting. Do you know vat it eez that I vant to count? Here is a teeny veeny hint: 5, 12, 30, 51 – These numbers correspond to letters in this paragraph. Start counting!

    Riddle Me This

    ...
  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    How are the following missing words related to the plague of frogs?

    On the holiday of ____________, we celebrate the season of ____________. On this holiday, we eat matzah to remind us of the Israelites’ bread that did not have time to ____________.
    This year, it came a bit later...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Presidents Day is on Feb. 21. And in this week's Torah portion, Tetzaveh, it describes what would be a tipe of presidential inauguration for Aaron and his sons as the high priests of Israel.

    Presidential Puzzlement

    Answer this quiz correctly for a presidential prize!

    1) Which...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    SHINanigans!

    The letter shin is a big one this week: It is Shabbat Shira (vrha) – the Shabbat of Song, it is the month of Shevat (,ca) and it is the portion of B'Shalach. The Israelites cross the Sea of Reeds in this portion and, in an outpouring of gratitude, they sing a song,...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Goodbye, Jacob, Goodbye

    Parshat Vayetze opens with Jacob leaving Be'er Sheva. Everyone feels his absence.

    Is there someone who used to live in your neighborhood or went to your school but moved away? How did you feel when they left? Was that person someone who did nice things?

    What...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Parshat Vayera, God does a math trick with names: He takes the letter yud (h)out of sarai's name. Then he divides it equally. Look at the chart below to discover how much the letter yud is worth in gematria. Now, what two letters does God come up with and where does...
  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Let's Work

    In this week's portion, Lech Lecha, we learn about a fight between the shepherds of Abraham and his nephew, Lot. There was plenty of space for everyone, but they weren't getting along so it seemed too crowded. Our rabbis teach us that when two people get along, they can...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My Vow

    On Yom Kippur, we say the Kol Nidrei prayer. This means "all vows." It is a prayer that absolves us of promises we made during the year that we didn't keep. This prayer was first written for the Spanish Jews (the Marranos) who were forcibly converted to Christianity during...

  • Remembrance

    By Abby Gilad

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Did your school do anything in honor of Sept. 11? America will have that date stamped on its memory forever. Because of the way the Jewish calendar works, Sept. 11 will often fall near Rosh Hashanah. Begin this New Year with thoughts about how to make this a world of peace. What can you do to make this happen?

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Being Green

    Do you have a backyard? Is it green and full of flowers and trees? In Matot-Masei, we learn that God believes green space is an absolute necessity. God tells the Israelites: "Set aside some of your land for the Levites, so they can build towns. Make sure that there is...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Right a Wrong

    The five daughters of Tzlophchad (say that 10 times fast!) went to Moses and said: "The law says that if a man dies his property goes to his sons. But our father doesn't have any sons! What will become of all his property? Please change the law so that we can keep...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    One Minute in Time



    In Parshat Naso, all the tribes bring offerings to the finished tabernacle: animals, food and incense. On Memorial Day, we make an offering to all the soldiers who died in all of our wars. We bring flowers to their graves, raise the American flag and honor...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Count the Days



    Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the days between Pesach and Shavuot, will be celebrated on May 9. The letters lamed and gimmel, which spell the word "lag," have a value of 33. It's a time to light a campfire with your parents and friends, and to make toy...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Cleaning



    Passover is a holiday that celebrates freedom and the coming of spring. And it is no coincidence that everyone does spring-cleaning. Life starts anew. We need to clean out the old to make room for new beginnings. On Passover, we conduct a seder to remind us of this. In...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In the Wrong

    In the third book of the Torah, Leviticus, we learn a lot about the Levites, who were the priests in the Tabernacle; we also learn about the different sacrifices for different types of sins. If you committed a sin on purpose, you brought one kind of sacrifice; if you did...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Made With Fear

    In the Torah portion Ki Tisa, the Israelites take one ingredient -- gold -- and they melt, bake and mold it into a calf because they are fearful that Moses will not come back down the mountain. It turned out to be a bad idea and God became very upset with the...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Ready, Steady, GJ

    In our Torah we have reached Parshat Mishpatim. The Israelites have just been given the Ten Commandments, and now God spends a whole portion giving them laws that they will have to observe when they reach the Land of Israel.

    It can take a long time to study...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Holiday Branches

    Tu B'Shevat higi'ah, chag lailanot!

    Tu B'Shevat is here, a holiday for the trees. Make sure you join in on some of the fun events that will be happening: Go to the Shalom Institute for a Tu B'Shevat celebration on Feb. 8, the Westside JCC for an afternoon of fun or...

  • For The Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Adventures of Jacob

    Did you know Jacob was an adventurer and a scientist? He figured out that if speckled sheep mate only with other speckled sheep, then their babies will all be speckled. That's how he became a rich man. He told his father-in-law, Laban, that he wanted "only"...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What's a HTROA?

    A MINOTAUR at the Zimmer Children's Museum? No, not really. Unscramble the words in this paragraph to find out what their newest exhibit is:

    In order to read this HTROA, you will need a

    GMNIFYNGAI glass. And it is there, right at the end of the DAY, the pointer....

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Book It!

    Sure, it's Halloween. But, in two weeks, we've got something better for you howl about. Come to the Jewish Children's Book Festival on Sunday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-2:30p.m., at Mount Sinai Memorial Park and Mortuaries in Simi Valley. For more info call (866) 266-5731, or...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Links in the Chain

    That is what our year is. The year is a circle from one Rosh Hashanah to another. Your birthday is a circle from one birthday to another. And on Simchat Torah, we celebrate the circle of the Torah. Every year we read through the whole Five books of Moses, and we...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sukkot is a holiday when we are commanded to be happy. We feel cleansed and joyful after Yom Kippur is over and now it is time to party!



    Here is a tasty sukkah.

    You will need:

    1. 3 halves of Graham Crackers

    (two pieces broken into halves).

    2. Smooth/Creamy peanut butter.

    3....

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