Judaism 101

Want to feel confident walking into a synagogue, seder or shiva? Start with our Judaism 101 video collection.

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There’s a lot of emphasis in Judaism on stopping to recognize special moments. Some do this in the form of a prayer or a blessing for the first time they are doing something new. Take a moment to learn this prayer, so the next time you find yourself in a first, you’ll know what to say.

How to Say the Jewish Blessing over Children

A blessing is a short moment out of time to express your appreciation for something or someone. Judaism encourages blessings for food, drink, study, washing your hands, using the bathroom – it goes on and on. But so many parents connect very deeply with the custom of blessing their children on Friday nights. It’s ancient and beautiful and easy to learn how to do. Whether you bless your child the traditional way, or add your own twist, it will be a highlight of the week for both of you.

Gomel: A Jewish Blessing for New Moms

Having kids is sometimes hard. Giving birth to a baby is REALLY hard. Judaism has a neat ritual to mark getting through the experience. Watch this video to learn the Gomel, a prayer new mothers can say to mark the end of a great accomplishment, and anyone can say after surviving a life threatening situation.

Kaddish: The Jewish Mourner’s Prayer

Learn to say the Mourner’s Kaddish – Jewish Prayer of Mourning – with this simple karaoke style video that combines the original Aramaic, a simple transliteration and the English translation. The Kaddish is in Aramaic, not Hebrew, except for the last sentence.

Learn to bless the Grape Juice for Shabbat

Learn the blessing (bracha) over wine or grape juice that Jewish families say on Shabbat and holidays. This is also known as the simple “short” kiddush.

To learn the full Shabbat evening kiddush, check out this other Shabbat video we made with Moishe House that teaches the whole long version.

Click the preview below to download a handy dandy blessings cheat sheet to post on your fridge and use together!

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Learn to Bless the Challah for Shabbat

In this karaoke video, parents and kids learn the blessing, or bracha, over challah that Jewish families say on Shabbat…or anytime over regular bread.

Click the preview below to download a handy dandy blessings cheat sheet to post on your fridge and use together!

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If this was helpful, be sure to check out all of our Shabbat Shaboom videos – you can learn about blessing the grape juice, lighting the candles and so much more. Shabbat shalom to your family!

Havdalah How to: Learn to sing the blessings

Havdalah is the ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat, the day of rest. Through blessings and rituals involving the senses – plus fire, wine and spice – we say goodbye to that special Sabbath feeling.

Sing along Karaoke style and practice until you feel confident on your own.

Thank you to our friends at Moishe House for helping create this animated “Birchot Havdalah” guide for their community, and to Debbie Friedman z”l for the music.

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Havdalah Blessings Source Sheet

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Eliyahu Hanavi: Havdalah Song Lyrics

Havdalah is the ceremony that closes Shabbat, and Eliyahu is the traditional song Jewish people sing as it closes before wishing each other a Shavua Tov – or a good week. The song is about Elijah the Prophet and the lyrics mean:

The lyrics mean:
Elijah the prophet, Elijah of Tishbi, Elijah of Gilead, may he soon come to us along with the Messiah, son of David.

Learn to sing Eliyahu and feel confident at your next Jewish gathering!

Oseh Shalom: Learn the Jewish prayer for peace (lyrics video)

The Jewish prayer for peace is called Oseh Shalom, and in this karaoke style lyrics video, kids and their parents can learn all the words.

The lyrics mean: May the one who makes peace in the heavens, make peace for us and all the people Israel.

There are many tunes that people sing this prayer for peace to – and of course you can simply say it – here is one we love, that we have sung at Jewish camp, at preschool and of course, at synagogue!

Watch this short video from the Shaboom team and practice saying the prayer together. And may peace be with you!

 

The Four Questions for Kids: Get Ready for Passover

Learn the Four Questions (aka Ma Nishtana) for Passover with your kids. Watch this short video from the Shaboom team to practice saying the words together. Have a wonderful Passover – chag Pesach sameach!

Filmed on location at Temple Sinai Preschool in Oakland – with big thanks to Jonah, Eli and Leah Schwartz! Shaboom! voices by Cristina Milizia (Gabi) and Laila Berzins (Ben).

Modeh Ani: Learn the words to the morning prayer

In this karaoke style lyrics video, kids and their parents can learn the Jewish blessing called Modeh Ani for boys, or Modah Ani for girls. The first two words mean, I give thanks, and the idea is that you say or sing this prayer first thing when you wake up, giving thanks to God for the gift of another day and the return of your soul! Cool, right?

There are many tunes that people sing this prayer to – and of course you can simply say it – here is one we love, that we have sung at Jewish camp and preschool! Performed by Isaac Zones and recorded in San Francisco.

Have a great morning!

 

How to Light and Bless the Chanukah Candles

Learn how to light and say the Jewish blessings over Chanukah candles in a real life preschool class! We are proud to partner with PJ Library to bring you this sweet tutorial. You can practice all three Hebrew blessings for Chanukah right along with us and the Shaboom! cast.

Chanukah sameach – happy Chanukah!

Shabbat Dinner Blessings – Lyrics

Get familiar with Jewish blessings and Friday night traditions with our singalong lyrics video created through a partnership with Moishe House and Taglit-Israel Birthright.

If you want to host Shabbat dinner at your home and you are not super familiar with the tunes or blessings, this sing-along Shabbat guide should get you up to speed in no time.

Music and singing by Isaac Zones. Narration by Sarah Curtin. All music here is traditional except the “Al Netilat Yadayim” melody composed by Ari Kaplan.

Made possible by the Jewish New Media Innovation Fund. Special Thank you to The Jim Joseph Foundation, The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation and an Anonymous donor through The Jewish Funders Network.

Learn the Hamotzi Blessing

Learn the Hamotzi blessing that Jewish people say before eating bread made out of wheat, barley, rye, oats, or spelt flour. (And famously, challah, the special braided bread, on Shabbat!) The name of the Hamotzi blessing, by the way, comes from the Hebrew מוציא “he removes.”

This karaoke video was recorded and painted by kids in the third and fourth grades at Temple Sinai of Oakland.

The words they are singing are:

ברוך אתה ה’ א‑לוהינו, מלך העולם, המוציא לחם מן הארץ.‏
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, hamotzi lehem min ha’aretz.
Blessed are You, Adonai, Who brings forth bread from the earth.

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The development of this project was made possible by the generosity of the 

The development of this project was made possible by the Generosity of The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay (JFED).

Learn the Shabbat Candle Blessing

Learn the Shabbat candle blessing with this karaoke video recorded and painted by kids in Kindergarten and Second Grade at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California.

“ברוך אתה ה״ אלוהינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו להדליק נר של שבת”
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha‑olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
“Blessed are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with commandments and commanded us to light Shabbat candles.”

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The development of this project was made possible by the generosity of the 

The development of this project was made possible by the Generosity of The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay (JFED).

Learn the Shema

Learn the Shema with this karaoke style video made by kindergartners and first graders with BimBam at Temple Sinai of Oakland.

The words they are singing are:

“שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יהוה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יהוה אֶחָד”
Sh’ma Yisra’el Adoni Eloheinu Adoni Eḥad.
“Hear, O Israel! Adonai is our God! Adonai is One!”

Practice the Four Questions for Passover

Learn the Four Questions (aka Ma Nishtana) for Passover with LA’s Jason Mesches. Have a wonderful Passover – chag Pesach sameach!

The Purim Megillah: For Kids!

Learn the basics of the Purim Megillah in this fun short video lesson about the Jewish holiday scroll that tells the story of Esther, Mordechai and Haman.

Rosh Hashanah Blessings Over Apples

The cast of Shaboom! visited a real life preschool class to teach kids about the Jewish tradition of blessing apples and honey for a sweet new year.  Learn how to say the Hebrew blessings for Rosh Hashanah with the Plonys in this short, adorable, sweet video.  Shana tova!

Now, learn to sing Dip the Apples, another fun holiday song!

This project was made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of its Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood.

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