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  • From Ur to Eternity

    Volume 2

    Barbara Engel, Diane Hochstadt and Norman Fischer

    At last, a focused Jewish history text book that is a good read
    Why is this Jewish history text book different from all others?
    FOCUS, FACTS, AND FUN!
    FOCUS: Teachers will be able to teach Jewish history while pursuing two very definite themes: A) The Covenant that the Jewish people made with God and the responsibilities involved; B) What has enabled the Jewish people to survive their 4000 year history? Each chapter supports these themes and allows the teacher to maintain a clear teaching objective. Teachers will no longer be asking, "Why am I teaching this?" and students won't be asking "Why am I learning this?"
    FACTS: The facts are all here on a level that can relate to students in the 5th through 8th grades.
    FUN: This book has all the elements of an exciting adventure story. Can you imagine a textbook for kids that is a real page turner? Students will read each chapter wanting to know what happens next. As the adventures unfold, they will meet real people, kings and queens, heroes and villains. They will journey to distant places such as Babylonia, Persia, Greece, Rome, Spain, England, Russia, America and, of course, Israel. While they are engrossed in the story, they will be constantly reminded of their connection to God and the ability of their people to survive.
    At last, a focused Jewish history textbook that is a good read!

    Content:
    Takes students from biblical times to the ghettos and shtetlach of Europe, to America and finally home again to Israel
    Includes such events as the exodus from Egypt, the construction and destruction of the Temples, the Diaspora, the Golden Age of Spain, life during the Middle Ages of Europe, the Enlightenment, the growing presence in America, the horrors of the holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel
    Discusses the development of the synagogue, prayer, and Talmud, as well as the formation of Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Judaism
    Includes an overview of the development of Christianity and Islam, and an explanation of the terms Ashkenazim and Sephardim.
    Follows Abraham's covenant with God and the responsibilities involved
    Emphasizes the Jewish ability to survive throughout the ages

    Special Features:
    A summary at the end of each chapter to help students recall significant people and events before moving on to the next episode
    A Did you know section relating something from the past to a student's present-day experience
    A Think about discussion question for students to ponder after reading each chapter
    A Let's do something student directed activity
    Maps, charts, and illustrations for visual stimulation
    Section, unit and chapter divisions for organized teaching
    "Cliff hangers" to peak a student's curiosity

    SPECIAL "SURFING THE WEB"SOURCE SECTION LINKED TO KTAV's WEBSITE IN EACH CHAPTER

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