Ok, I recognize that this might be a little off the beaten path…But Groot, from the Guardian’s of the Galaxy, is a tree based life-form, so I just thought it worked! Hope you like. Just click and print. (And if you would like a more classic Tu B’shvat page, you can go and grab this apple tree image over here: http://annkoffsky.com/2012/02/02/tu-bshvat-coloring-page-2/.
So this one is a little different. First, you’ll notice there is a little color on my coloring page. Thought that might make it a little more attractive for kids.
Second, since we just finished and restarted reading the torah, I thought that it might be nice to have an activity that explores what’s in there.
Hope you like! Let me know what you think of my including color, and also if you prefer activities to coloring or vice versa. Would love your feedback!
(If you are having difficulty printing form the above image, you can get it as a pdf here: torah).
So cool. I got to animate an app!
“Hebrew Karaoke” features a brand new song from musician Mama Doni, and animation by yours truly. It’s a very catchy tune with a country vibe, and the app lets you add your own instruments, and record your own voice singing along. Great for learning/ practicing the alef bet. I had lot of fun working with it.
I am very pleased to play host for this months Jewish Book Carnival! Enjoy your reading.
- Heidi Estrin at The Book of Life podcast presents an audio interview with Sally Wiener Grotta, author of Jo Joe. It’s the story of a mixed-race Jewish woman with deep prejudices about the Pennsylvania town where she grew up, and to which she has now returned.
- At Behrman House, Rabbi Arnold Samian gives us an educator’s perspective–and rant!– on Reclaiming Your Social Media Space.
- At the Best Chapter, Diana Bletter blogs about being a moving target in Israel during this war between Hamas and Israel.
- (I also have an Israel related link, in the form of this coloring page, which I think sums up all our hopes.)
- Lorri M Writings reviews The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig, and found the stories to be a combined study on human behavior and Austrian life/mores.
- Over on My Machberet, Erika Dreifus spotlights a Jewishly-inflected poetry collection by Rachel Mennies. Erika also shares news about The Hope: American Jewish Voices in Support of Israel, an anthology edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor (Erika is a contributor to the anthology, the proceeds from which are being donated to The Lone Solider Center in memory of Michael Levin).
- In July, Jill at Rhapsody in Books reviewed Ribbons for Their Hair by Estelle Chasen. This is a police procedural set in modern day Israel that goes back and forth in time to 1945 in the pre-Holocaust community of Salonika in Greece.
- On Bagels, Books, and Schmooze, Susan Curtis talks about Rebbe by Joseph Teluskin, and People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.
- Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah interviews The Prisoner of Night and Fog author, Anne Blankman, and editor, Kristin Daly Rens and interviews The Patchwork Torah author, Allison Ofanansky, and illustrator, Elsa Oriol
- At Ellis Shuman Writes, several reviews: THE LIE by Hesh Kestin, A POSSIBILITY OF VIOLENCE by D.A. Mishani, CONTESTED LAND, CONTESTED MEMORY by Jo Roberts, and WHEN CAMELS FLY by NLB Horton.
- Leora Wenger at Sketching Out writes a book review of Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust by Yaffa Eliach.
Tisha B’Av is this Tuesday. Because of all that’s going on in Israel, it’s going to be even more meaningful than usual for me, I think.
So I thought it was appropriate for this months image to be one that shows support for Israel, and the hope that Jerusalem, and all of Israel, enjoys a full and lasting peace. Bimhara Yamaynu, amen.