NJOP's June Classes on Zoom

Hebrew Reading and Jewish History Crash Courses on Zoom

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Monday, June 7, 2021, 12:30PM EDT

Lunch and Learn Hebrew Reading Crash Course- Level One with Florence Wiener

The Hebrew Reading Crash Course, Level I is coming back with Florence Wiener, NJOP’s renowned Hebrew Reading Specialist.
Designed for Jews who have little or no background in Hebrew, and focuses on teaching the Hebrew alphabet and basic reading skills. You WILL leave the first class reading HEBREW words.
5 sessions offered on Zoom.
60 minutes with an optional 15 Q & A after.
Begins Monday, June 7th, at 12:30pm (EDT)

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021  at 7:00 PM (EDT)

Hebrew Reading Crash Course - Level Two with David Pine

Level II is designed for a follow-up class for the “graduates” of the Level I Hebrew Reading Crash Course, who can recognize the Hebrew alphabet and wish to advance their Hebrew reading and comprehension skills.
Five weekly sessions.
Begins Wednesday, June 9th at 7:00pm (EDT)

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021  at 7:15 PM (EDT)

Crash Course in Jewish History with Rabbi Buchwald

It’s four thousand years of Jewish history condensed into a five week lecture series. NJOP’s Crash Course in Jewish History is a survey course that covers the history of the Jews from Abraham to Ariel (Sharon), and beyond.
Five weekly 90 minute sessions.
Begins Tuesday, June 15th at 7:15pm (EDT)

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Hebrew

Throughout Jewish history, Hebrew has been a connection between Jewish communities around the world. For many modern Jews, learning Hebrew is the first step to reconnecting with their roots.

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Hebrew Reading

NJOP has already taught more than 250,000 North American Jews how to read Hebrew through our innovative Hebrew Reading Crash Courses (HRCC).

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Hebrew Writing

NJOP’s Hebrew Writing Crash Course is specially developed to give students Hebrew writing skills while reinforcing previous reading lessons.

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RHA/C

Read Hebrew America and Canada (RHA/C) is NJOP’s continent-wide Hebrew literacy campaign to win back the hearts of North American Jews.

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Dedications in honor of someone important in your life is an excellent means of supporting NJOP’s vital work.  Below are some suggested donation opportunities that NJOP is looking to fulfill.

Jewish Treats: Dedicate a dose of “Juicy Bits of Judaism, Daily”

Jewish Treats is the Social Media Arm of NJOP.  Your tax-deductible gift will help us continue to share interesting and enjoyable observations about Judaism, which we like to call “Juicy Bits of Judaism”.

Share the beauty of Jewish life by sponsoring Jewish Treats on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

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Multimedia Crash Course In Jewish History (CCJH)

Bring Jewish history to life in a whole new way. Help NJOP create a digital version of the CCJH.

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Jewish Treats Holiday eGuides

Enable NJOP to continue enhancing the celebration of the Jewish festivals by extending our line of Jewish Treats holiday eGuides.

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Reishith Binah

Dedicate a printing (1,500 copies) of Reishith Binah, NJOP’s free, widely-acclaimed Hebrew Reading primer used in conjunction with the Hebrew Reading Crash Course.

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Special Edition Mini-Reishith Binah Booklets

Facilitate the printing of 10,000 copies of a special edition of the mini-Reishith Binah that will include either a selection of High Holiday prayers or the Mourners Kaddish.

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Rabbi Buchwald’s Weekly Video on YouTube

Sponsor NJOP’s Director Rabbi Buchwald as he shares fascinating insights connecting Jewish life with contemporary and timely topics.

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Hebrew Reading App

Sponsor the development of NJOP’s Hebrew Reading App, and enable students to learn Hebrew at their own pace.

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Enable NJOP to create more inspiring virtual posters and videos to be shared on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. These Jewish-themed graphics and videos generate thousands of shares, while instilling Jewish pride and spreading both inspiration and the Jewish Treats brand.

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To discuss these or any other sponsorship opportunities, contact Larry Greenman at 646-871-0113 or [email protected].


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    The Three Weeks

    June 27- July 18, 2021

    The Three Weeks

    The Seventeenth of Tammuz marks the beginning of a period known as the “Three Weeks.” Exactly 21 days (3 weeks) after the fast day is Tisha B’Av, a full day of mourning over the destruction of both Temples and the other great tragedies throughout history that correspond with the date. More than just a “bridge between two fast days,” the Three Weeks are, historically, a time of continuing tragedy.

    How We Mourn During the Three Weeks

      1.  During this period of mourning, certain restrictions have become customary. These restrictions intensify at the beginning of the Month of Av during the period known as the “Nine Days.”
      2. The following activities are avoided or prohibited during the three weeks:
        •  Weddings (according to Ashkenazic custom)
        • Listening to live music
        • Dancing to music (instrumental)
        • Pleasure-trips
        • Hair cuts (Sephardim only prohibit haircuts during the Nine Days)
        • Saying a Shecheyanu, the blessing said over a new fruit or new outfit


    The Fast of 17 Tammuz

    The Fast of 17 Tammuz
    (Shiv'ah Asar B'Tammuz)

    Jews across the world will fast from sun-rise to night fall. This fast, Shiv’ah Asar B’Tammuz, the Seventeenth of Tammuz, like most commemorative fast days of the Jewish calendar, marks the anniversary of a series of tragic incidents. On the seventeenth itself, five major events occurred, each with major implications for the Jewish nation.

    WHY WE FAST:

    1. Moses smashed the first set of the Ten Commandments
      • When Moses came down from Mount Sinai and found the Jews dancing around the Golden Calf, he threw down the two tablets of law given to him by G-d, smashing them into pieces. (For more details, click here.)
    2. Daily sacrifices were discontinued in the First Temple –
      • Due to the Babylonian siege on the city of Jerusalem, the priests were unable to obtain unblemished sheep to offer the daily sacrifice.
        • In the time of the Temple, two sheep without blemishes were offered every day as a sacrifice, one in the morning and one in the evening. As the siege progressed, food and animals became scarce. The priests attempted to continue the Temple Service for as long as possible. They would send a basket full of silver and gold over the wall and the soldiers would exchange it for sheep. On the seventeenth of Tammuz, no more sheep were found and the practice came to a halt.
    3. Jerusalem’s city walls were breeched by the Romans
      • The breeching of the walls of Jerusalem on the 17th of Tammuz led to the eventual destruction of the Second Temple.
      • Similarly, on the 9th of Tammuz, the walls were breeched, leading to the destruction of the First Temple. Initially, this was also a day of mourning, but the rabbis decreed that the Fast of the Seventeenth would commemorate both events, in order not to make life too difficult.
    4. An idol was erected in the Temple
    5. The Torah was burnt by Apustemus –
      • During the violent times prior to the final destruction of the Second Temple, a Roman official was robbed by highwaymen. In response to this incident, Roman troops were sent to the villages nearest the location of the robbery and their entire populations were arrested — guilty of not pursuing the robbers. One soldier grabbed a Torah Scroll, tore it up and cast it into the fire. “From all sides the Jews gathered trembling, as if their entire land had been given to flames” (Josephus Flavius as translated in the Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov).

    THE FAST

    •  When – The fast begins at the break of dawn and ends after nightfall. Some people will get up before dawn and have a early morning breakfast (but this is only permitted if a decision to do so is verbally expressed the night before).
    • Do’s and Don’ts
      • During the duration of the fast, eating and drinking are prohibited
      • Unlike Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av (The Day of Atonement and the Ninth of Av), bathing, annointing and wearing leather are permitted.
      • Pregnant and Nursing women, and others with health restrictions may be exempt from fasting (please consult your rabbi). Children under the age of bar/bat mitzvah (13 for boys, 12 for girls) are not required to fast.
      • One does not go swimming.
      • Special prayers are added to the synagogue services:
        • Slichot (Penitential Prayers) and Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King) are recited.
        • At the afternoon service, Exodus 32:11, containing the 13 attributes of G-d’s mercy, is read from the Torah.
        • The Aneinu prayer asking for special forgiveness is added to the morning and afternoon services by the cantor. An individual who is fasting includes Aneinu when saying Mincha.
      • If the Seventeenth of Tammuz falls out on Shabbat, the fast is postponed until Sunday, as it is forbidden to fast on Shabbat (with the exception of Yom Kippur).

    Emotional Output

      • A fast day is a somber occasion. On this day, Jews mourn the tragic events which led to the destruction of the Holy Temples and, subsequently, our exile — which led to the many additional persecutions Jews have suffered throughout the ages. It is appropriate and necessary to remember this on the fast day, and, therefore, frivolous or playful activities should not be indulged in on this day.

    THE 17TH OF TAMMUZ BEGINS THE PERIOD KNOWN AS THE THREE WEEKS


    Rabbi Buchwald's Weekly Torah Message

    Rabbi Buchwald's

    Weekly Torah Message

    Each week, NJOP’s founder, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, shares with you his fascinating insights on the upcoming parasha, the weekly Torah portion.