Thursday, July 23, 2015

Educational Resources about Tisha B'Av


Tisha B'Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar because of the incredible series of tragedies which occurred on that date throughout Jewish History.

Tisha B'Av means "the ninth (day) of the Hebrew month of Av."
Tisha B'Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.).

Although this day is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish people, many of which occurred on this day, most notably the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.

You can learn more about this Jewish fast day at:

May we see the rebuilding of the Temple in our days and that Tisha B'Av becomes a day of celebration.

If you are fasting:
Have a meaningful fast.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Welcome Home to the New Olim and photos at the airport

Hi Everyone!

Congratulations and welcome home to the 221 new olim that made aliyah to Israel from North America. The NBN aliyah charter flight arrived in Israel this morning (Tuesday, July 14).

I took 311 photos of this historic and exciting event and I posted them online at:

I also uploaded the photos to Facebook for name tagging.The Facebook album address is:

If you have a Facebook account and you are in the photos or see someone you know, please feel free to name tag the photos.Please share the photos with friends. Thank you!

May the aliyah from all over the world grow and bring more Jews back to their homeland, Eretz Yisrael.

Have a great day,

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New: English - Hebrew "Renting an Apartment" Vocabulary

Hi Everyone!

Before you plan your next move, prepare yourself with the new "Renting an Apartment" vocabulary section of My English Hebrew Dictionary.

There are 23 new study sheets with 150 words and terms related to finding and renting an apartment.
Each word is show in Hebrew with nikud (vowels) and there is an English translation and transliteration.

Do you know the Hebrew words for: bedrooms, gas meter, guarantors, rental agreement, repairs, wall closet, water pressure ?

Start learning new words at:

Feedback is welcome!

Please share this free educational resource. Thank you!

Shabbat Shalom,
Jacob Richman

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Israeli Educational Stamps including Jewelry from Jewish Communities

Hi Everyone!

I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in June 2015.

I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp.

Jewelry from Jewish Communities
- Bridal Head Ornament - Bukhara, late 19th century
- Wedding Ring - Italy, 17th century
- Bridal Jewelry - Yemen, 1930s

- World War One in Ezretz Israel Centenary
The Military Railway (1915)

- Bell AH-1 Cobra - Israel Air Force

- 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations
Tel Aviv - The White City
Israel-Germany Joing Issue

- Tomato
- Onion
- Lettuce
- Purple Cabbage
- Carrot

The Hebrew and English flyers on the site list the benefits of each vegetable.

The new stamp images and flyers are located at:
Short sharing address:

I uploaded copies of the images to a Facebook album at:

I also posted 10 stamp images on Instagram at:

Please share the pages. Thank you.

Chodesh Tov!
Have a good month!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Photos and Videos of the Jerusalem Festival of Light

Hi Everyone!

Last night, June 3, I went to the opening night of the Jerusalem Festival of Light in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel.

It was really nice!
I was there for 2 hours and I did not cover all the routes.
It is open every night (except Friday) for the next 8 days.
Admission is free.

I took photos of the festival and posted them online at:

I also created two videos. The first video (about 11 minutes) highlights various performances and exhibits.

The second video (8.5 minutes) is a performance by the group "Marsh Dondurma".
This is the first time I heard the group and they were very good!!

I posted both videos at:


Please share. Thank you!

It is 8:15am, Thursday morning and I am going to try and get some sleep.

Have a good day and an early
Shabbat Shalom,

Thursday, May 28, 2015

New: English Hebrew Vocabulary - 103 Places

Hi Everyone!

This week, I created a new section called "Places" for my English Hebrew Dictionary.

The 13 new study sheets include a wide range of places. You may be familiar with the Hebrew words for airport, bakery, beach and bookstore but do you know the Hebrew words for: boardwalk, farm, garage and greenhouse?

Each word is show in Hebrew with nikud (vowels) and there is an English translation and transliteration.

Start learning new words at:

While you are at the site, you can refresh your summer vocabulary at:

For a detailed list of all 363 study sheets visit:

Last but not least, I added a new cool sign to my Learn Hebrew Signs site. You can check it out at:

Feedback is welcome!

Please share the sites. Thank you!

Shabbat Shalom,

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Photos of Yom Yerushalayim in the Old City

Hi Everyone!

Today, 28th of Iyar, I went to the Old City of Jerusalem to take photos in honor of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day).Due to the hot weather, I decided not to do the flag march.
I arrived in the Old City about 7pm - about an hour before the flag marchers started to flow in. Within 2 hours, the Kotel plaza went from half empty to a full house.

I posted photos at:

I also created a short address for sharing on social media:

Enjoy the photos!

Please share. Thank you!

Shavua Tov,
Jacob Richman