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Israel National Library Launches Digital Jewish Manuscript Archive - Ktiv
Israel's National Library launched an online database called Ktiv, aggregating tens of thousands of digitized Jewish manuscripts belonging to collections from across the globe. Scholars and laypersons can access almost half of the known handwritten Jewish texts from Spain to Afghanistan, which have been digitized and catalogued online. In some cases, parts of a manuscript that have been long divided between collections will be reunited digitally for the first time in centuries. The archive contains nearly 4.5 million images from 45,000 manuscripts — slightly more than half of all known volumes. They include prayer books, biblical texts and commentary, philosophy, literature and scientific writings, in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic and more.
Publication Year: August 2, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 8, 2017
Building Jewish Identity Through Engaging Video: A Developer's Perspective
BimBam (formerly G-dcast) is a Jewish media studio. Our creative team has worked on over 300 short videos and apps, and we have big league experience from Apple, Pixar, the New York Times, etc. Usually, people find us through our work—they don’t ask us too many creative questions beyond, “Can I do a part in a video?” That’s because they or their kids already love the programs, and it’s easy to see our track record. Our Judaism 101 and early childhood education videos have clear and easily shared metrics—high viewership numbers, great audience retention curves and accurate aim at the demographics we’re targeting. What we do get asked routinely is, “Since this is media, how can you know that you’re really having an impact? What proof do you have that video can build Jewish identity or literacy?”
Publication Year: July 25, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 27, 2017
Confronting Sinat Chinam: Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship
The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that the Temple was destroyed because of sinat chinam [baseless hatred] (Yoma 9). On Tisha B’Av, we mourn the destruction of the Temple, as well as other tragedies in Jewish history, and are also charged with ridding ourselves of sinat chinam. In schools today, though students may not necessarily say hurtful words to their peers, the anonymity and distance that the Internet provides can make it a space where sinat chinam and bullying thrive. How do we help our students understand the meaning of baseless hatred and how to prevent it? In honor of upcoming Tisha B’Av, take an opportunity to check out these resources, which you can use next year to teach students about the dangers of sinat chinam in the digital space and how they can confront cyber bullying and promote kindness and empathy online.
Publication Year: July 11, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 17, 2017
The Lost Light - A New and Free Innovative Educational Film for the Three Weeks
How do we teach kids to put interpersonal relationships first? How can we take advantage of the Three Weeks to improve our own relationships? The first step in better relationships is to avoid lashon hara and to build people up instead of tearing them down. A groundbreaking Torah Live educational film, The Lost Light, is the perfect way to emphasize the importance of proper speech. The full-length film demonstrates how words can make an impact, and teaches how to avoid hearing or speaking lashon hara.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 17, 2017
Global Day of Jewish Learning 2017: Beauty & Ugliness
You can lead a Global Day of Jewish Learning event in your community by inviting people to study together on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Have you ever wondered how beauty and power are connected? What about the relationship between good and beauty? This November, ask these questions and more with this year's new curriculum, which explores the topic of Beauty & Ugliness through the lens of Jewish texts.
Publication Year: November 12, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 17, 2017
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