Natalie Portman‘s directorial debut just completed its first week in theaters in the United States. “A Tale of Love and Darkness” started off with a limited theatrical run – just a few theaters in New York and Los Angeles to test the viability of a (slightly) wider release.
By Guest: Dr. Eilat Mazar
Taken from The Discovery of the Menorah Treasure at the Foot of the Temple Mount.
Almost every Jew has some personal connection with the seven-branched menorah. -My personal story is bound up with my family.
Prof. Nachum Slouschz, from whom I am descended on my grand-mother’s side, discovered a seven-branched menorah carved in stone inside a fourth-century CE synagogue in Hamat Tiberias, during an excavation he conducted in 1921 on behalf of the Jewish Palestine Exploration Society. This was the first official archaeological excavation conducted by Jews living in the Land of Israel.
My grandfather, Prof. Benjamin Mazar (Maisler), conducted four excavation seasons on behalf of the Jewish Palestine Exploration Society during the years 1936—1940 in Beit Shearim, where R. Judah ha-Nasi, the nasi of the Sanhedrin and the redactor of the Mishnah, lived and was buried. His excavations uncovered magnificent burial systems from the second and third centuries CE, with dozens of inscriptions and decorations that included painted, sculpted, and engraved seven-branched menorah embellishments.
The following year, my paternal great-grandfather, Hayyim Maisler, died in Jerusalem and was buried on the heights of the Mount of Olives, at a location overlooking the City of David and the Temple Mount. A seven-branched menorah resembling one of those from Beit Shearim was engraved on his tombstone.
Yet another time, Benjamin Mazar, excavating on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discovered depictions of the seven-branched menorah in his excavations at the foot of the Temple Mount walls in 1968—1978. These menorot were painted on the entrance lintel and walls of one of the rooms, most probably a synagogue, inside a Byzantine-period building that was unearthed at the foot of the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount compound.
My three sons, Snir, Dvir, and Ofir, were given Biblical names with the same Hebrew meter as their father’s name, Yair. He had been given this name (meaning “he will give light”) because he was born during the week the Beha’alotekha portion of the Torah is read, in which Aaron is commanded to light the seven-branched menorah:
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and say to him, “When you mount the lamps, let the seven lamps give light [ya’iru] at the front of the candelabrum” (Numbers 8:1—2).
The discovery of the menorah in our excavations of the Ophel in the spring of 2013, at a distance of only 50m south of the Triple Gate in the southern wall of the Temple Mount, expresses and graphically illustrates the incessant longing of the Jewish people throughout the ages for redemption and renewed independence in their homeland.
If only all of those generations had been able to see the realization of the vision, albeit after hundreds of years, and marvel at the magnificence of the State of Israel and its capital, Jerusalem.
Fate has shone upon us, and we enjoy this redemption and rebirth. Independence, security, and hope are our strength, and the menorah is our symbol.
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Mispronouncing words out loud and getting corrected by someone can be one of the most embarrassing situations we can experience.
We all have been there – you say a word, phrase, or a whole sentence that you’ve said many times before in a foreign language with such confidence only to suddenly hear a native speaker correct you. It can be in writing or a face to face situation, it doesn’t matter. Some of us will take it easy, correct ourselves, and move on quickly, even laugh out loud and thank the person who corrected us. But most of us will probably want the ground to swallow us.
I had some awful mistakes myself. I was sitting in front of a student, teaching her and using a word that I used many times before when I taught that subject, when suddenly she corrected me. What? I thought I hadn’t heard well, but there it was – in front of a student! What a shame!
The first thing you feel is stupidity. You feel stupid. you can’t believe it just happened to you.
Then comes the embarrassment – ‘But I’ve been using this word for years! Why did no one tell me?’
You might even blush for a few seconds. I’m a great supporter of experiencing all the rainbow of feelings, these feelings included. This is why Inside Out is one of the most important movies in my opinion. I won’t try to give you tips on how to turn your embarrassment into an amusing situation. But I will offer you an opportunity to see these situations that will keep happening to you as a blessing.
So why is this great? Because learning a language is a process and part of it is to be in the learning mode at all times. The faster you embrace the fact that there will always be more to learn, the better your learning will be.
Also, forget about feeling stupid. Your intellect has nothing to do with making mistakes in a language that is not your native one. And if someone around you speaks it better, it’s not because he’s smarter, but because he had more opportunities to learn. So all you really need is MORE opportunities.
By not putting your focus on the embarrassment that you’ve experienced you see it as an opportunity. Not only will you know better in future, but the element of surprise and the impact of the embarrassment will make this knowledge so firm that you’ll probably never forget it.
So at the end, always remind yourself what you can say better next time.
Morphology for educators.
Morphology (in Europe it is mostly knows as physiognomy or psycho- physiognomy) is the study of the correspondence between the form of the face and body and the inner qualities of personality and temperament. It provides understanding of the ways in which people think, their energy system, their emotional responses, and the reasons for their behavior.
People of different cultures recognized the great importance of understanding of meaning that stands behind the appearance, and over millennia they developed their unique ways of systematizing, organizing, and teaching this body of knowledge. The ancient Aryuvedic tradition in India has developed 3 body-type morphology (though the word morphology is used for Western system only); the Chinese tradition has developed morphology of 5 Elements, and the roots of morphology that has been utilized in the West go back to ancient Egypt.
Today France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, and China include it in formal medical training and clinical diagnosis. Personnel directors of major companies in Europe use morphology to determine the best fit of an applicant with a position, and educators use morphology to better understand the needs and challenges of their students.
One of the most successful alternative educational systems in the world with over a thousand independent schools located in 60 countries, Waldorf School requires it’s teachers to study and utilize in their work the science of morphology (See attached page on Waldorf education).
Practical Application of Morphology for Educators.
Morphological assessment identifies the students’ character strengths and challenges, any significant conflicts that exist within their relationship with themselves, others, and their environment, and the ways that would be most effective, according to their morphological type, to resolve problem areas.
Knowing the students’ morphological type can help the teacher quickly identify the unique approach each student requires for optimal learning. As the educators recognize their own morphological type, they are able to better understand the challenges they may face in teaching as well as in connecting with each individual student.
Waldorf (Steiner) education is a humanistic approach to pedagogy based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. The first Waldorf School was founded in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. At present there are 1,026 independent Waldorf schools, 2,000 kindergartens and 646 centers for special education, located in 60 countries.
Waldorf pedagogy distinguishes three broad stages in child development, each lasting approximately seven years. The early years education focuses on providing practical, hands-on activities and environments that encourage creative play. Throughout, the approach stresses the role of the imagination in learning and places a strong value on integrating academic, practical and artistic pursuits.
Waldorf education is the largest independent alternative education movement in the world. In central Europe, where most of the schools are located, the Waldorf approach has achieved general acceptance as a model of alternative education.
Steiner considered children’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral development to be interlinked. When students in a Waldorf school are grouped, it is generally not by a singular focus on their academic abilities.
Instead Steiner adapted the idea of the classic four temperaments – melancholic, sanguine, phlegmatic and choleric – for pedagogical use in the elementary years. Steiner indicated that teaching should be differentiated to accommodate the different needs that these psychophysical types represent. For example, “cholerics are risk takers, phlegmatics take things calmly, melancholies are sensitive or introverted, and sanguines take things lightly or flippantly.”
Today Waldorf teachers may work with the notion of temperaments to differentiate their instruction. Seating arrangements and class activities may be planned taking into account the temperaments of the students but this is often not readily apparent to observers.
Steiner also believed that teachers must consider their own temperament and be prepared to work with it positively in the classroom, that temperament is emergent in children, and that most people will reveal a combination of temperaments rather than a pure single type.
Is our ‘learning’ goal:
I.Initial understanding, or entertainment/motivational?
1. How to get from point A to Point B
2. How to do a fairly simple project, one time
3. How to entertain employees, via a well known comic
4. How to motivate employees, with a new product launch, via a well known motivational speaker
Or, is our goal:
II.To empower ALL our learners with adaptive, personally relevant skills, to advance, individual, sustained performance improvement outcomes (AISPIO), with key, individually relevant, critical information?
1. How to correctly, long term, effectively and efficiently communicate to AISPIO
2. How to correctly, long term, effectively and efficiently utilize math to AISPIO
3. How to change long term, individual unproductive behavior, to individual productive behavior to AISPIO
I. Traditional, 20th century, factory based, ‘teaching’ is event based, and is one size fits all. Think only of a large lecture, a large seminar, elearning that only has a one size fits all word document to read, possibly a one size fits all video of a lecture attached.
At best, this teaching approach provides superficial, individual, initial understanding, that is soon forgotten, for 20-30% of the participants. Why not 100% of the participants? Because the pacing of the information is only ‘matched’ to a select percentage of the total. For the remainder, its too fast, or too slow, hence compounding the ‘simple’ initial understanding problem. This is absolutely appropriate for the items in I. above, where individual long term retention, resulting in advanced individual performance improvement is not the objective.
II. 21st Century, truly personalized, research based, adaptive learning, in a blended and flipped learning environment requires a paradigm change, from one size fits all teaching, to personalized, relevant learning, professionally reinforced and facilitated over time. Why? Because writing long term memories, that can lead to advanced, individual, sustained performance improvement outcomes, requires more appropriate, relevant, individual reinforcement, over time.
It’s important to understand that the one size fits all teaching approach used in I., will not empower students to achieve the outcomes desired in II. Sure, a few remarkable participants, through sheer, personal will power, dedication, common sense and luck will achieve AISPIO, but it certainly will not be an efficient process for the learner; lots and lots of trail and error.
Now that we understand the basics, why would we think that continuing with traditional one size fits all teaching, for all learning scenarios, would be appropriate?
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Research Available, BUT Not Properly Utilized
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Una de las herramientas fundamentales para estimular y potenciar el desarrollo de un niño es el juego. Esta es la forma más rápida, práctica y divertida para aprender algo nuevo o repasar información ya aprendida. El toque “divertido” permite que se despierte una magia interna muy particular adentro del niño y esto hace que el proceso de aprendizaje sea agradable y atractivo.
A través del juego lo que hacemos es estimular el desarrollo de:
• El juego exploratorio y funcional: conocer al mundo y cómo funciona
• El juego concreto: con objetos realiza actividades de construcción y destrucción
• El juego simbólico: participa la imaginación y es espontáneo
• El juego reglado: seguimiento de reglas e instrucciones que ya vienen incorporadas en el juego o que los jugadores las inventan cada vez que lo juegan.
Cada una de las etapas del juego están relacionadas en muchas ocasiones con la edad cronológica del niño, es decir que cuando sabemos cuántos años tiene el niño, entonces sabemos el tipo de juego que está experimentando. Sin embargo, esto no funciona como una receta de cocina, ya que los niños que tienen algún retraso en el desarrollo o su proceso de maduración es más despacio de lo esperado para su edad (ya sea que el niño esté diagnosticado o no) requieren que el adulto observe de forma adecuada en qué momento o etapa se encuentra el niño para entonces escoger un juguete que realmente sea de utilidad para el niño y que este juguete estimule su proceso de aprendizaje.
Algunas recomendaciones prácticas para los padres y adultos que tienen a niños alrededor y están interesados en llevar al máximo desarrollo a los niños son:
1- Observa el niño, conoce su edad, sus intereses y preocupaciones.
2- Identifica el tipo de juego que este niño está experimentando en este momento de su vida.
3- Si el niño tiene algún diagnóstico o dificultad identificada, en su proceso de desarrollo, infórmate de una forma adecuada sobre el tema. Crea formas distintas de adaptar los juguetes según las necesidades del niño.
4- Pensar antes de actuar: lee las etiquetas de los juguetes antes de comprarlos. Apóyese en los recursos que están disponibles a través del internet para conocer más sobre el juguete y cómo usarlo.
5- Asegúrate de que los juguetes son apropiados para la edad del niño y que no haya un peligro potencial al usarlos. Evita piezas pequeñas o filosas (toma en cuenta la edad del niño).
6- Busca juguetes que fomenten la relación entre los miembros de la familia. Lea con atención las pruebas de uso.
7- Diversidad de tipos de juegos, colores, sonidos, formas, texturas, olores, usos, son características que consideramos indispensables en el grupo de juguetes que tenga un niño, para que esté estimulando sus sentidos desde diferentes puntos de vista.
8- Escoge juegos que ayuden al niño a resolver problemas y que le enseñen a tomar decisiones.
9- Jugar es divertirse. Ten cuidado de no escoger juguetes que generan estrés, miedo intenso y que despiertan la agresión.
10- Considera la calidad del juguete según el precio y considera que los juguetes van rotando según la edad y los intereses del niño, la mayoría son transitorios y no son conservados por mucho tiempo.
Fundadora y Directora de: LOGROS, Centro Terapéutico Integral y LOGRARTE.
Autora del libro: Despierta la Magia. Cómo los juguetes y el juego despiertan las habilidades únicas de tus niños.
One of the key tools to stimulate and promote the development of a child’s play. This is the fastest, practical and fun way to learn something new or reviewing information already learned. The “funny” touch allows a particular child in the inner magic to wake up and this makes the learning process a pleasant and attractive.
Through play we do is encourage the development of:
• The exploratory and functional play: to know the world and how it works
• Concrete game: objects conducts construction and destruction
• Symbolic play: participates imagination and spontaneous
• regulated Game: Following rules and instructions that are already incorporated in the game or the players invent every time you play.
Each of the stages of the game are often related to the chronological age of the child, ie when we know how old the child, then we know the type of game you are experiencing. However, this does not work like a recipe, since children who have a developmental delay or maturation process is slower than expected for their age (whether the child is diagnosed or not) require that adult properly observe at what time or stage the child then choose a toy that is really useful for the child and that this toy will stimulate their learning process is.
Some practical recommendations for parents and adults who have children around and are interested in maximizing development children are:
1- Look at the child knows his age, interests and concerns.
2- Identify the type of game that this child is experiencing at this time of his life.
3. If your child has a diagnosis or difficulty identified in its development process, get informed in an appropriate manner on the subject. Create different toys to adapt to the needs of child forms.
4- Think before you act: Read labels before buying toys. Rely on the resources that are available through the internet to learn more about the toy and how to use it.
5- Make sure the toys are appropriate for the child’s age and that there is potential danger in using them. Avoid small or sharp parts (taking into account the child’s age).
6- Look for toys that promote the relationship between family members. Read carefully the evidence of use.
7- Diversity of game types, colors, sounds, shapes, textures, smells, uses, are characteristics that we consider essential in the group of toys who has a child, that is stimulating their senses from different points of view.
8- Choose games that help children solve problems and be taught how to make decisions.
9- Playing is fun. Be careful not to choose toys that generate stress, which arouse intense fear and aggression.Consider the quality.
10- toy based on price and considers that toys are rotated according to the age and interests of the child, most are temporary and are not retained for long.
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Based on a lecture by Rabbi Bukiet
The Shema, a Biblical verse, (Deuteronomy 6:7) begins with a commandment commanding the Jews to accept God as one; “Hear, O Israel! God is our God, God is one,” and continues with the commandment to love God; “You shall love God…” How can someone be commanded to love? The rest of the Shema is the roadmap/instructions of “how to love”, and how to teach it to our children. It begins with the verse; “You shall love your God with all your heart…” In Biblical and rabbinic Hebrew, the heart is the center of the intellect, meaning, that to love with the heart is to think and to act using your intellect, reason and knowledge. The verse continues with commandments that one has to do something, to act, in order to express his love for God. One of these commandments that defines how Jews should love G-d, commands Jews to teach their children the Torah. The Talmud (a collection of doctrines and laws compiled and written before the 8th Century, A.D., by Jewish teachers.) interprets the verse and argues that the teaching is done intuitively. The child learns from watching the parent’s behavior. Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (1040 – 1105 (Rashi), a medieval French rabbi commentator on the Tanakh –Old Testament and the Talmud.) interprets the verse as saying, that the way to teach the child is by repetition. To repeat the learned material again and again. Rabbi Abraham Ben Meir Ibn Ezra (1089–1167, Spain) interprets the verse as saying that the only purpose of man in the world is to serve God, and to do that, one should learn God’s creation, and study science, math, etc. Rabbi Moses ben Naḥman, (Ramban, 1194–1270, a leading medieval Jewish scholar in Spain) interprets the verse as saying that the only reason Jews are obligated to teach their children, is to teach them the commandments, to teach the difference between right and wrong. Spinning it to our time, teaching our children to love means: 1. Teaching them to act upon things. 2. The action of love needs to begin with us as parents/educators, setting the example. 3. Love is learning God’s creation – science, math, etc. 4. Repetition of learning is important. Share with us your opinion.