Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Educational Resources about Tisha B'Av


Shalom.

Tisha B'Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar because of the incredible series of tragedies which occurred on that
date throughout Jewish History.

Tisha B'Av means "the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av". Tisha B'Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av - the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.

Although this day is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, it is appropriate to consider on
this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish people, many of which occurred on this day, most notably the expulsion of
the Jews from Spain in 1492.

This year 5777 - 2017, we observe the fast day of Tisha B'Av starting from Monday after nightfall, July 31, until nightfall on Tuesday, August 1.

You can learn more about this Jewish fast day at:
www.jr.co.il/hotsites/tisha-b-av.htm

May we see the rebuilding of the Temple in our days and that Tisha B'Av becomes a day of celebration.

If you are fasting:
Have a meaningful fast.

Jacob


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Videos and photos of the International Festival of Light in Jerusalem



Hi Everyone!

Last night, I went to the opening night of the International Festival of Light exhibition in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The exhibition is open from 8:00pm to 11:00pm till July 6. I did not get to view all the light exhibits. Expect to spend at
least 2-3 hours walking around. If you have limited time, make sure to view exhibit #22 called Solaris at the Hurva Square.
I took a video of this unique audio-visual display which was projected on the side wall of the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter.

In addition to the Festival of Light, outside the Old City walls near Yaffo Gate there was a special light and audio show in honor of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. I took a video of the first part which includes a brief history of Jerusalem.

I posted three videos and a link to the photos at:
www.jr.co.il/videos/jerusalem-festival-of-light-2017.htm

Enjoy!
Please share, Thank You!

Shabbat Shalom,
Jacob


Thursday, June 15, 2017

New Israeli Stamps including 12 Israeli Love Songs


Hi Everyone!

I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in June 2017.
I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp.

Israeli Music - Love Songs
- "Atur Mitzchech Zahav Shachor" - Your Forehead is Decorated in Gold and Black
- "Brit Olam" - Universal Convenant
- "Lechol Echad Yesh" - Everyone Has
- "Zemer Nogeh" - Melancholy Song
- "Hayu Leilot" - There were Nights
- "Slichot" - Forgiveness
- "Haperach Begani" - The Flower in my Garden
- "Kshe'or Dolek Bechalonech" - When the Light is on in your Window
- "Tapuchim Ut'marim" - Apples and Dates
- "Rosa Rosa"
- "Pgisha Le'Ein Ketz" - A Meeting to Eternity
- "Hachnisini Tachat Knafech" - Take Me Under Your Wings

I am sure many people will be interesting in hearing the songs
above....so I created a new video page that features the 12 songs:
www.jr.co.il/videos/hebrew-love-songs.htm

Additional stamps issued in June include:

- The 20th Maccabiah

- World War One in Eretz Israel Centenary
General Allenby Entering Jerusalem - 1917

- Ride Safely

The new stamp images and flyers are located at:
http://www.history-of-israel.co.il/stamps/index-2017.html
Short sharing address:
http://bit.ly/israel-stamps-2017

Images are also posted on Facebook at:
http://bit.ly/israeli-stamps-2017

Please share. Thank you!

Shabbat Shalom,
Jacob


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Learn English with Jokes and Riddles - over 300 jokes and riddles


Hi Everyone!

Reading English jokes and riddles is a fun way
to learn English culture, grammar and vocabulary.
Learn English with Jokes and Riddles
www.learn-english-jr.com
has over 300 jokes and riddles.
All jokes and riddles are suitable for all ages.

1. What stays in a corner but goes all around the world?
3. What is full of holes but can hold water?
26. What can you catch but not throw?
27. What goes up and down but doesn't move?
24. What is bigger when it is upside down?
65. Which letter of the alphabet is a drink?
67. Which letter of the alphabet is a vegetable?
70. What has many keys but can't open any doors?
221. What are twins' favorite fruits?
234. What becomes white when it gets dirty?
235. What do an air conditioner and a computer have in common?
248. What gets wetter the more it dries?
259. Which word in the English language uses all the vowels including "y"?
278. What is the most slippery country in the world?
287. What part of your body is the noisiest?
323. What has cities without houses, rivers without water, and forests without
trees?
331. What jumps when it walks and sits when it stands?

See the answers at:
www.learn-english-jr.com

Feedback is welcome!

Please share this free fun educational resource.
Thank you.

Have a great summer!
Jacob

English - Hebrew "Summer" Vocabulary


Hi Everyone!

Do you know the Hebrew words for:
air conditioner, bathing suit, beach, fan, flip-flops,
ice, ice cream, kite, lifeguard, shade, sun, sunglasses,
suntan, swimming pool, waves ?

Start learning 63 summer related words at:
www.english-hebrew-dictionary.com/summer-1.htm

Please share with friends. Thank you!

Stay cool and have a great summer,
Jacob


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Educational Resources for Shavuot


Hi Everyone!

Shavuot is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah, the first harvest, and the ripening of the first fruits.
The two day festival (1 day in Israel) begins on Tuesday night, May 30, 2017.

The Jewish Trivia Quiz
www.jewish-trivia.com
has a selection of multiple choice questions about Shavuot.

What are the five names of Shavuot ?
On what mountain did Moses receive the Ten Commandments ?
How many letters are there in the Torah ?
In the days of the Temple what did people do on Shavuot ?
Who married Ruth ?
Who was Ruth the great-grandmother of ?
What is the connection between the number 7 and Shavuot ?

The above questions are examples from the multiple choice quiz. There are two levels of questions and two timer settings.
Adults and children will find The Jewish Trivia Quiz entertaining and educational.

Free Shavuot Clipart
www.jewish-clipart.com

Whether you need a picture for your child's class project, a graphic for your synagogue, Hillel or JCC Shavuot
announcement, the Jewish Clipart Database has the pictures for you. You can copy, save and print the graphics in
three different sizes.

English Hebrew Shavuot vocabulary study sheets.
Learn Hebrew words related to Shavuot:
www.english-hebrew-dictionary.com/shavuot-1.htm

My Jewish Games - Shavuot Games
www.my-jewish-games.com
- The Multilingual Word Search Game
- My Jewish Coloring Book

Cool Shavuot Videos
www.jr.co.il/videos/shavuot-videos.htm

The Shavuot Photo Gallery
www.jr.co.il/hotsites/shavuot-photos.htm

Shavuot Photo Gallery on Facebook:
http://bit.ly/Facebook-Shavuot

To learn more about Shavuot, I posted on my website 50 links, ranging from laws and customs to games and recipes.
Site languages include English, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

The address is:
www.jr.co.il/hotsites/shavuot.htm

Please share the holiday resources. Thank you!

Have a Happy Shavuot!
Chag Sameach!
Jacob

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Educational Resources for Jerusalem Day - May 24, 2017


Hi Everyone!

Jerusalem Day is celebrated on the 28th of the Hebrew month
of Iyar. This year (5777 / 2017) the day falls on Wednesday, May 24.

The Jewish Trivia Quiz
http://www.jewish-trivia.com
has over 100 multiple choice questions about Jerusalem.

Who built the first temple ?
How many people were involved in constructing the first temple ?
What are the colors of the Jerusalem Beitar soccer team ?
Which animal is on the emblem of the Municipality of Jerusalem ?
What three Jewish holidays is Jerusalem the focal point ?
How long ago was Jerusalem established ?
On what mountain was King David buried ?
How high is Jerusalem above sea level ?
What is the name of the famous art school in Jerusalem ?
What is the length of the wall surrounding the old city ?
When was Hebrew University established ?
Which group defended Jerusalem in 1948 ?
How many open gates does the old city of Jerusalem have ?
What is the name of the largest shopping mall in Jerusalem ?
Who was the first mayor of Jerusalem ?
What was Jerusalem called in the days of Abraham our patriarch ?

The above questions are examples from the multiple choice
quiz. There are two levels of questions and two timer settings.
Adults and children will find The Jewish Trivia Quiz
entertaining and educational.

English Hebrew Jerusalem vocabulary study sheets.
Learn Hebrew words related to Jerusalem.
http://www.english-hebrew-dictionary.com/jerusalem-1.htm

Youtube videos about Jerusalem
http://www.jr.co.il/videos/jerusalem-videos.htm

To learn more about Jerusalem, I posted on my website 225 links,
ranging from history and tourism to photographs and stamps.
All links have been reviewed / checked this week.

The address is:
http://www.jr.co.il/hotsites/jerusalem.htm

Shavuot is just around the corner and I updated the Shavuot hotsites at:
http://www.jr.co.il/hotsites/shavuot.htm

Please share the resources. Thank you!

Happy Jerusalem Day!
Yom Yerushalayim Sameach!

Jacob