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Travis The Tree – A Tu B’Shvat Story

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Travis the Tree
By Rabbi Molly G. Kane
More from Rabbi Molly 
 
“Travis the Tree,” as he was known around Prospect Park, knew the holiday of Tu B’Shevat was coming up, but he didn’t quite know what to expect. He heard some rumors that it was a holiday all about his people…the Trees. He knew there would be [...]

Story: Ask The Land!

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Chasidic story, Adapted by Shira Kline
©ShirLaLa 2007
Two farmers lived side by side for many generations. They had been neighbors for a long time but they weren’t very friendly with each other. Why is that you ask? Because once upon a time they had an argument about a certain olive tree on the [...]

The Very First Night Light

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Once upon a time at the very, very beginning, when the seasons changed for the very, very first time,  everything in creation paid very close attention.
It was just round this time of year when Bear noticed that the Sun’s strong beam went down earlier than usual.  ”It’s a little colder today,” said Bear to Elephant.
“Yes [...]

Eyes Wide Open!

Monday, March 24th, 2014

This year for Pesach, I have been very inspired by my friend Billy Jonas‘s song, “Eyes Wide Open.” I figure, how are we going to journey from our “narrow place”* (our Mitzrayim, hebrew for Egypt) to a life filled with open opportunity, abundance, flexibility and expanse without our eyes wide open?
Billy sings:
You got no idea where to go [...]

That’s How We Roll

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

That’s How We Roll
(the scroll)
(of Esther)
(by Shira Kline)
(based on the JPS translation)
Chapter 1
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a Persian king who ruled from India all the way to Ethiopia. His royal pad was in the fortress of Shushan. There was one thing for which this king was [...]

Story: The Whole Megillah – A Purim Rap

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Whole Megillah – A Purim Rap
by Steve and Doug Cotler ©2001
www.dougcotler.com
Listen, listen, listen to this ancient story.
It’s a little bit funny and a little bit gory.
It’s a little bit scary and little bit tense.
It’s a crazy, mixed-up series of events.
It starts with a king who was not too sharp.
You might say he was a [...]

Story: A Dr. Seuss Purim Shpiel

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A Dr. Seuss Purim Shpiel
by Dana Baruch and Robbi Sherwin
www.RobbiSherwin.com and www.sababamusic.com
© 1998 all rights reserved
Sh’ma yeladim and hear us well
For now is the story of Purim to tell.
It took place in Shushan so long, long ago.
Now off to Persia we all will go.
In this beautiful kingdom ruled a king
A king with no brain, who’d [...]

Taste the Rainbow- A mystical Shavuot art project and lesson

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Make a “Portrait of the Divine” based on the Zohar… 
Teacher Review
Exodus 24: 9-11 (translation by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan)
9Moses then went up, along with Aaron, Nadav and Avihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders.
10They saw a vision of the God of Israel, and under His feet was something like a sapphire brick, like the essence of a clear [blue] sky.
11[God] did not unleash His power against [...]

Into the Wilderness and Up The Mountain – A Shavuot lesson and project for ages 2-5

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

A little messy, a lot of fun.  A hands-on Shavuot art project and lesson for ages 2-5.
* This holiday is sponsored by the numbers 7 and 10*
Teacher Review
Exodus 19:14 -17 Moses climbs up the mountain, the people prepare, the mountain shakes with excitement
Exodus 20: 2-18  Ten Commandments
For the art project
Supplies:  sturdy paper, glue, glue bowls [...]

Happy Mother’s Day! Here’s a story for you…

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

When God Made Moms
by Erma Bombeck
 
By the time the Lord made mothers, he was into his sixth day of working overtime. An Angel appeared and said “Why are you spending so much time on this one”? And the Lord answered and said, “Have you seen the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely [...]