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Do you know which biblical king directed which priest to collect money for repairing the Holy Temple, and where that priest deposited the money? (Hint: See Kings II.)
Can you name the prophet who said, “Let them use grain for our food and water for our drink?” (Hint: It’s in the book of Daniel.)
If you have a gift for Bible trivia like this, and if you will be at least 25 years old by June, you’ll be happy to know that registration is now open for the next Bible Contest for Adults in the diaspora. The application deadline is April 1, 2014.
Those contestants who score the highest on preliminary rounds in their native countries will be eligible for a free trip to Israel for the international finals, to be held on the final night of Chanukah, December 23, in Jerusalem. The trip includes 10 days of rehearsals, touring, and accommodations in five-star hotels, all paid for by Israel’s Ministry of Education.
Sometimes, it’s hard for students to truly understand the enormity that is the death of six million people, Dr. Kalman Stein said. But they can understand the suffering of one person — especially when they hold a document telling that person’s story in their hands.
“That really connects them to it,” said Dr. Stein, who is the principal of the Frisch School in Paramus.
Seventy-five Frisch students — about half the senior class — are participating in the World Memory Project, a joint venture between the United States Holocaust Museum and Ancestry.com.
When the new Hebrew Language Council of America held its first meeting last week, two eighth graders from Yeshiva Ben Porat Yosef in Paramus opened the event.
The students were chosen to show off their Hebrew. They did that by reciting a chapter of Psalms, delivering a Hebrew speech they wrote themselves, and then talking in Hebrew with the gathered Hebrew teachers and advocates seeking to expand Hebrew literacy in America.
“They were amazing,” said Diti Bechor, who works for the World Zionist Organization and arranged for the New Jersey students to speak at the gathering.
She brought them to demonstrate that “it’s possible” for American-born students to become fluent in Hebrew after years of dedicated education.
What’s a Torah doing in your living room?
That would be a fair question for any visitor confronted with a portable arc holding a scroll at home. And now, thanks to a new program at Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake, people will be asking that question.
The Conservative shul is about to begin Torah@Home, a project that sends a Torah home with congregants for a week at a time. In the comfort of their home, family members will be able to open up the Torah, feel its parchment, and read the Hebrew. Participating families are encouraged to invite friends and even to form study groups. Children are being asked to invite their friends and classmates as well.
The project is part of a celebration as Emanuel gets ready for the completion of its new Torah, which will be finished in time for Shavuot 2014.
Esther Ostrovsky Manischewitz, originally of Jerusalem and then of Teaneck, died on November 15 at 92. The story of her life is in many ways the story of Jewish Teaneck.
Jerusalem-born Esther Ostrovsky was wrapping up her five-week vacation in the United States in 1950. Since arriving in this country, she had spent four weeks visiting her older brother, Akiva, in Birmingham, Ala., where he was a cantor, teacher, and highly respected Jewish community leader. Surprised and dismayed by the racial segregation in Birmingham and aware that this might be her only opportunity to visit America, Estherke, as her family called her, decided to visit another part of the country. She headed to New York, where she had other relatives.
For my father, no meal could start without a foreshpise of herring.
He married the glistening piece of bony fish with a slice of raw onion and tomato, and laid it onto small piece of well-done rye toast. A bite or two of herring was chased with a few thimblefuls of vodka.
Herring was not just a fish in our home.
It was a lifestyle.
Nostalgia for that way of life will share the stage with nouvelle cuisine in an evening in which a dizzying and mouth-watering array of herrings will be showcased at the 2013 Bergen County Herring Festival tomorrow night at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Teaneck.
WASHINGTON — Amid simmering tensions over Iran policy, the Obama and Netanyahu governments appear to have quietly forged common ground in recent weeks on Israeli-Palestinian talks, with the United States accepting that a possible “framework” agreement might not address every outstanding issue in the negotiations.
Such an agreement, the United States and Israel seem to agree, would maintain a role for Israel in providing for its security, presumably by maintaining some form of military presence in the west bank.
What’s not clear is if the Palestinians will go along.