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B’Shevteha B’vayteha - As You Sit in Your House

As we sit in our homes, this site offers
online resources for learning and living Judaism for people of all ages


Our online learning sites are arranged by category. Click on a category to jump directly to it. Note, all links will open in a new browser window/tab. Here are the categories for this week: 

Weekly Torah Portion

For the week of August 2 - 8, the parashat hashavuah (the portion of the week) is Parashat Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25

Click here for this week's summary.

For an animated video that introduces you to this week's portion, click here. 

Click here for a podcast by URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs entitled, "Eikev: Entitlement vs Gratitude."

What does this week's Torah portion teach regarding our responsibility in life? Click here for one answer. 

For an article entitled, "Walking in God's Path," click here.

Are you a parent wanting to lead a weekly family discussion about the Torah portion? This article will guide you. 

Interested in how listening can be a spiritual practice? Click here to learn more. 

Click here for a way to discuss this week's portion as a family with young children.

Do you have a tween in your house? Click here to learn with and from your tween about the portion. 

Are you a teen or someone interested in learning about the portion through raps? Click here

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Rosh Hodesh (The New Moon and the New Month):   

What is Rosh Hodesh? Click here to learn about this monthly Jewish holiday. 

Click here for rituals and customs of Rosh Hodesh. 

To learn about the Jewish calendar and each month of the year, click here.

Beth Hamon, CEEBJ's artist in residence in 2020, created a song for Rosh Hodesh. Click here to learn about it and to hear it. 

Click here for a poem about Rosh Hodesh. 

To meditate on the new moon, click here.

Marcia Falk created a beautiful and modern version of the prayer for the new month. Click here to read it. 

Click here for both a historical view of how they decided when it was the new month and the announcement of the new moon at the Shabbat morning service the Shabbat prior to Rosh Hodesh. 

Tuesday night, July 21 to Wednesday, July 22 is Rosh Hodesh Av. The last day of Av is Thursday, August 20. 

Click here for highlights about the month of Av provided by Moving Traditions. 

What does the arrival of the month of Av mean for Jews? Click here to find out.

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Tu B'Av

Click here to learn about Tu B’Av, the Jewish Festival of Love.

Why is Tu B’Av important? Click here to find out. 

 Click here for a Jewish look at love.

What’s Love Got to Do with Jewish Tradition? Click here for an answer. 

On Tu B’Av, Love is love is love.

How to Turn a Day of Love into Acts of Self-Love

Top 10 romantic things to do in Israel for Tu B’Av video

Want to listen to love songs? Click here for a CEEBJ Spotify playlist including Erev Shel Shoshanim sung by Harry Belafonte. 

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Resources Mentioned in Recent Online Classes/Activities 

Click here to find the recipe for Passover cream puffs and eclairs mentioned in Nicole Bakes . . . Eclairs class. 

To watch Nicole Bakes . . . Eclairs, click here

For the shopping list and tools for making your own eclairs, click here. Please note, the recipe should call for whole eggs and not just egg yolks. In addition, if you do not have clear starch you may use corn starch. 

Click here for the Diamond Jewry Questionnaire. 

To learn more about the history of diamonds, click here

To learn more about the diamond industry in Israel, click here

To learn more about the diamond mining in India, click here

To learn more about Lodewyk van Bercken, click here.

To learn more about Cecil Rhodes, click here.

To learn more about De Beers, click here

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Mon, August 10 2020 20 Av 5780