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  • Understanding Jewish History-1

    Volume 1
    FROM THE PATRIARCHS TO EXPULSION FROM SPAIN VOL 1 Learn More
  • Understanding Jewish History-2 TG

    Volume 2
    UNDERSTANDING JEWISH HISTORY Vol 2 TG Learn More
  • The Essential Jewish Stories

    Seymour Rossel

    More than 300 stories selected from every period of Jewish history and from every Jewish teaching tradition, including narratives, anecdotes, metaphors, analogies, folktales, and fantasies. Every story is elegantly retold to emphasize its relevance for our times.
    The Essential Jewish Stories is arranged thematically for easy access. It includes three indices that make it easy to find just the right story, whether you are looking by occasion (holy days or life observances), by personality (people who told them or people the stories are about), or by values.
    Sources are provided for every narrative and many are accompanied by special notes on their meaning, their origins, or their comparative place in world mythology.
    Read The Essential Jewish Stories from cover to cover and enjoy the teachings of the sages through the ages; or open it to seek just the story you want for just the moment you need it.
    The Essential Jewish Stories is perfect for clergy of all faiths, for teachers, for storytellers, and for parents -- for all who wish to initiate discussions of tradition and values with children, friends, and community -- and certainly for those of us who simply love to share a good story.


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  • Defending the Faith

    Ronald Isaacs

    Disputations between Jews and non Jews were frequent in ancient and medieval times. Religious differences have at all times induced serious-minded people to exchange their views in order to win opponents over to their side by appeals to reason. The Talmudic-Midrashic literature contains many examples of disputations between Jews and adherents of various religions. Disputations and trials have continued to the present time.
    This exciting new volume by Rabbi Ron Isaacs will present some of the famous disputations throughout the centuries, allowing students and opportunity to role play and debate the issues in a classroom setting. Learn More
  • Understanding Jewish History-1 TG

    Volume 1
    UNDERSTANDING JEWISH HISTORY 1 TG Learn More
  • From Ur to Eternity

    Volume 1

    Barbara Engel, Dianne 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: Finally, a textbook with focus! No more disorganized century hopping. No more disjointed facts. This is a book with a purpose. 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.
    In Part 1 the story of the Jewish people begins with the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and the Matriarchs, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, and Rachel. It traces the arrival of the ancient Hebrews to the Promised Land, to Egypt, and back again. The book continues with the leadership of the Judges and then the Kings, Saul, David, and Solomon. Students will be able to visualize the joy of building the beautiful Temple and the agony of its destruction. They will travel with their people to Babylonia and return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. The tempting Greek lifestyle will illustrate adaptation and assimilation and the strong Jewish will to survive. When the Romans finally destroyed the Second Temple and the Jews scattered to other lands, the students will be taken along with them. They will find themselves in the midst of the Crusades, and experience the cruelty of the Crusaders. Finally, Part 1 will take them inside Spain during its golden years and its Inquisition.
    The story of the Jewish people continues in Part 2. The students will journey back to the Middle Ages of Europe where Jewish life flourished in the midst of adversity. They will run for their lives when the Jews are expelled from their home countries. Then they will find themselves among the Jews living in China and India, or in the ghettos and shtetlach of Europe. With a sigh of relief, the students will be there when the Jews begin to emerge from hardship to become contributing members of the European community. At last, they will discover real freedom in America. The students will identify with the Jews fighting in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War; or working in New York's lower West Side or in the gold mines of the West. With sorrow they will learn of the holocaust, and with joy they will celebrate the founding of the Jewish State of Israel.
    FUN:
    What good is all of this information if the students don't have fun reading? 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
    SEE THE SPECIAL "FROM UR TO ETERNITY" SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE FOR EXPANDED SUPPLEMENTARY LEARNING Learn More
  • The Biblical and Historical Background for Jewish Customs and Ceremonies

    Abraham P. Bloch

    The Jewish historical and social experience of over five millenia has been the source of a wide range of fascinating customs and practices. Many derive directly from the Bible. This volume give in-depth analyses to customs associated with life-cycle, holidays, calendar, social outlooks of the Jews. It includes discussions of the influence of folklore, Jewish law, even erroneous interpretations. Learn More
  • Jewish History and You

    Volume 1

    Sol Scharfstein

    Comprehensive and factual history of the Jewish people. 40 historical units covering the formative periods of Jewish history from the Patiararchal Period to the Expulsion from Spain. Learn More
  • Understanding Jewish History-2

    Volume 2
    UNDERSTANDING JEWISH HISTORY VOL 2 Learn More

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