Jewish Journal

  • Back to school, Yiddish for kids

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    August 28, 2008 | 1:20 am

    Back to School ... Again

    Hard to believe, but it is already time to go back to school. Where did the summer go?

    As the new school year begins, there are some fun things to look forward to: For instance, have you gone shopping for new clothes yet? Did you get an awesome Batman or...

  • Let the games begin!

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    July 23, 2008 | 11:40 pm

    Aug. 8 is the start of the XXIX Olympiad (just a fancy way of saying the 29th Summer Olympics) in Beijing, China. The games bring together athletes from more than 200 countries to compete for national glory and gold, silver and bronze medals -- in a variety of sports (no, shopping is...
  • Happy Birthday, USA! Sweet dreams with the Shema

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    June 26, 2008 | 12:57 pm

    Happy Birthday U.S.A.!

    We celebrate the 232nd birthday of the United States of America on July 4. Between noshing on barbecue and watching fireworks, test how well you know early American history. Circle the right answer for the following questions but read carefully -- some might...

  • The greatest gift of all—and Bunnies!

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    May 29, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    The Greatest Gift

    On June 8, we will celebrate the festival of Shavuot. What is Shavuot?

    Choose the words below that make the sentences correct, and then dazzle your friends with all you've learned.

    1. Shavuot marks the day we received the (phone book/Torah) at (Mount Sinai/the...

  • Get ready to sing . . . Hatikvah!

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This hiphop version of Hatikvah by France's Francky Perez was just released

    Get Ready to Sing

    In 1886, Naphtali Herz Imber, an English poet originally from Bohemia, wrote the words to Israel's national anthem, "Hatikvah." Samuel Cohen, an immigrant from Moldavia, wrote the melody.


  • New Pesach haggadah is off the page!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Any haggadah that turns the four sons into the Marx Brothers is tops in our book.

    "Richard Codor's Joyous Haggadah: The Illuminated Story of Passover" (Loose Line, $11.95) combines colorful cartoon illustrations with all the components of the seder -- so you can follow along and...

  • Purim in the produce section

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    YeLAdim recently stumbled across an airing of the 2000 "VeggieTales" film "Esther ... The Girl Who Became Queen" (Big Idea, $14.99). In one scene, a grape thwarts two peas trying to drop a piano on a pickle. Well, it makes sense if you think back to the story of Purim. Mordechai...

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