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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

This week we return to the weekly Torah reading with parashat hashavuah, the weekly Torah portion, of Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1−17:27. 

Click here for this week's summary.

For a podcast on this week's portion entitled, "Lech Lecha: Nothing Left Behind," click here.

This week the creators of BimBam provide us with 2 animated videos for Parashat Lech Lecha. Click here to learn about the brit between God and Abraham. Click here for a musical interpretation of the portion from Sarah's point of view.

For a commentary entitled, "Torah as Our Guide and Companion," click here

For a commentary entitled, "Traveling Down the Road That Helps You to Find Yourself," click here

Click here to discuss this portion with teens. 

To discuss this portion with tweens, click here

Click here to discuss this portion with young children. 

Click here to listen to a very unique playlist on Spotify someone used as part of their senior sermon on Lech Lecha. It does not include Debbie Friedman's Lechi Lach. 

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Sukkat Shalom (Shelter of Peace):

Why is peace expressed in Judaism through the metaphor of a sukkah? Click here to read Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein's thoughts.

The middah (Jewish value) sukkat shalom has its origin in the prayer hashkiveinu. Click here to learn about this prayer. 

Click here for a written and oral meditation entitled, "May I Feel Safe and Peaceful"

Where is your shelter of peace? Click here for one person's search for a sanctuary of silence, one person's shelter of peace. 

How do we set ourselves and others on the path of peace and what does Torah say about this path? Click here for some ideas

Click here for the CEEBJ Sukkat Shalom Spotify playlist


Rosh Hodesh (The New Moon and the New Month)


What is Rosh HodeshClick here to learn about this monthly Jewish holiday.

The next Rosh Hodesh will take place on Sunday night, October 18 when we will welcome in Rosh Hodesh Cheshvan. To learn about Cheshvanclick here.

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 HodeshClick 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

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Thu, October 29 2020 11 Cheshvan 5781