Parsha on Parade – Complete 5 CD Set!
Reuven A. Stone and Menachim Z.
Shimanowitz have joined forces with TES,
producing a 5 part multi-media series
that teaches the Parsha (weekly portion
of the Torah ) in a fun and exciting
Colorful, interactive screens for every
Parsha feature the episode, coloring
pages, midrash, games and puzzles as
well as roll-over action, original
music, animated buttons and the voices
of those zany Torah Tots.
Childen of all ages will love clicking
their way through this one-of-a-kind
multi-media extravaganza. Its a valuable
learning tool that will bring joy and
edutainment to every Jewish home and
school for years to come.
Features - Parsha on Parade – Complete 5
Program Features Include:
* Interactive overview of each Parsha
* Animated Characters and Original songs
* In depth narrated story of each event
in the Parsha
* The narration uses special sound
effects and voices for effect
* Quizzes for grade levels 2-8 on each
* The Midrash on the Parsha
* For little tikes there are Coloring
games with songs on each Parsha
* Ten in depth quizzes for older kids on
* Master test on all of Exodus
* Parsha Art on each Parsha
* All Picture libraries are printable as
well as colorable on screen
BONUS: Built in Teachers Resource
Archive with everything a teacher needs
to customize the Parsha learning
experience in the classroom.
Screen Shots - Parsha on Parade –
Complete 5 CD Set!
Pick a Torah Reading...
Get the Scoop...
Find the Secret Words...
Choose from the many Games...
Take the Big Quiz...
Guides and Printouts for Parent and
Reviews - Parsha on Parade – Complete 5
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich - The Jerusalem
Post (3/1/2001) wrote:
Torah Tots Parsha on Parade: Sefer Shmot
(Book of Exodus), a CD-ROM in
English, by Reuven A. Stone and Menachim
Z. Shimanowitz for Torah
Educational Software (www.jewishsoftware.com)
of Jerusalem, a CD-ROM in
English, for PC requires Pentium 133 PC
or better, or for Macintosh, for
ages three and up.
Rating: **** 1/2 FOUR GRAPHIC STARS AND
A 1/2 MARK out of FIVE
Ask children who study the Bible which
Book they find the most interesting,
and although Genesis will probably be
a close second, Exodus is likely the
winner. The story of Moses from his
dramatic babyhood through his adult
life as leader of the cantankerous
Israelites as they trek in the Sinai
wilderness is an epic story and the
stuff that movies are made of.
But the events occurred millennia ago,
and 21st-century Jewish kids
constantly barraged with stimulants that
compete for their time and
attention need something special to
make it real and relevant. The Torah
Tots project, initiated by Stone &
Shimanowitz, produced its first disk
year, and Bereishit (Genesis) won five
stars in a September 2000 review.
Over the next five years, eight more
disks three more to complete the
Pentateuch and then five on the Books of
Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings and
Megillot are due. With surging
assimilation and intermarriage in the
Diaspora and the widespread feeling
among secular Jewish Israelis that the
Bible is the "property" of the
religious, turning children on to Jewish
tradition is a vital task.
The disk's teaching approach focuses on
keeping the child¹s attention, and
then offers games that reinforce the
material. It uses humor, contemporary
language and cultural images such as
Superman (³Faster than a speeding
chariot, more powerful than 200 slaves,
able to leap tall Pyramids...²).
Although Israeli children are more
exposed now than ever to American
culture, this English-language disk
would be suitable only to those from
English-speaking families; if it were
translated into Hebrew, the North
American slang and atmosphere would have
to be adapted to Israel.
Click on any of the 11 Torah portions in
Exodus. To study each of them, go
to Peek at the Parsha for a short
summary, This Week¹s Episode or a longer
one, or access the whole biblical text
in vernacular American-English; all
of these can be printed out. Each
portion comes with more than a dozen
and scores of original drawings that can
be virtually tinted on the computer
or printed out for actual coloring. An
entire section of printable lesson
material is available for teachers. For
testing your knowledge, go to the
quiz on each portion. Totsland Mayor
Baruch McBracha poses the questions,
and quiz contestants named Talmi D.
Torah, Hardy Har Sinai and the Yetzer
Hara offer three possible answers. The
enjoyable quiz is presented at three
levels: 40 multiple-choice questions and
no time limit; 50 questions in six
minutes, and 100 questions in 10
minutes. The correct answer is always
proposed by Talmi or Hardy, and bad guy
Yetzer Hara¹s suggestions are
intentionally ridiculous: The Jews, you
should know, ate manna, not Burger
King. The Mishkan (Tabernacle) was
finished in Kislev, not Tevet or
February. Hashem (God) split the Red Sea
waters, rather than hitting or
bottling them. Every seven years begins
the shmitta, not the yovel or shmata
cycle. Jacob planted trees in Goshen so
the Israelites would have wood, not
fruit orlukshen kugel for the
Tabernacle. The Jews were forced to
cities of Pitom and Ramses, not Cairo
and Giza or Boro Park and Tel Aviv.
The product as a whole, with its catchy
original music and contemporary touch,
done, and I'm looking forward to the
Torah Tots version of Leviticus, which
is the hardest Book of all.