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Online Learning

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:

The Torah portion for the week of June 13-19 is Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1. Click here for this week's summary. 

Podcast commentary: click here.

Animated Video Commentary: click here.

Spotify playlist: click here

Click here for "In the End, There Was Love." 

Click here for Rabbi Shaul Feinberg's "Thinking Before Speaking" commentary as found on Reform Judaism's website and then click here for Steve Silbert's Visual Torah sketchnoting based on Rabbi Feinberg's commentary. 

Click here for the commentary entitled, "Fear Itself."

Families with teens, click here to discuss the portion.

Families with tweens, click here to discuss the portion.

Families with young children, click here to discuss the portion. 

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Bedtime Shema:

Click here for a video of a modern musical interpretation of the Bedtime Shema created for URJ Camp Eisner with the transliteration in the comments.  

Click here for an article entitled, "Jewish Bedtime Rituals," by Rabbi Sarah Reines on Kveller

Click here for an article entitled, "How to Raise Spiritually Healthy Jewish Kids," that includes a section about the Bedtime Shema and other Jewish rituals. 

In the traditional Bedtime Shema, one would call upon the angels to protect you while you sleep. Debbie Friedman created the song, the Angels' Blessing based on that tradition.  Click here to hear it. 

Click here for an English translation of the traditional Bedtime Shema. 

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 What is Currently Happening in Israel? 

This is an ongoing current curated collection of resources. 

Click here for an article from Reform Judaism entitled, "The Times They Are a Changin'" by Rabbi Josh Weinberg, the vice president for Israel and Reform Zionism for the Union for Reform Judaism, and as the president of ARZA.

Click here for an article from Reform Judaism entitled, "Israel's New Government," by Anat Hoffman, the executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, the public and legal advocacy arm of the Reform Jewish Movement in Israel. She is also the chairwoman of Women of the Wall, a group of Jewish women and men from around the world who strive to achieve the right of women to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Click here for the Reform Movement's Statement on the New Government of Israel dated June 13, 2021. 

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Click here for the Proverbs Spotify playlist. 

Click here for a very good introduction to the Book of Proverbs. 

"A Woman of Valor," Eshet Chayil can be found in the Book of Proverbs. A beautiful ode to this was created by Alicia Jo Rabins. Click here to hear the song, watch the video, and read the words of her song. Click here to read "A Woman of Valor" in English, Proverbs 31:10-31. 

Click here for a video of claymation frame by frame commentaries on Proverbs by Jewish educators and BimBam.  

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Mon, June 14 2021 4 Tammuz 5781