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The Solar System

Ray Rivlin

Do you ever look up into the sky and wonder what’s going on up there? Whatever you can see in the sky looks tiny, but that’s just because it’s millions of miles away. The sun, the moon, the stars and all those other objects up there, which we cannot see so clearly or cannot see at all, are actually enormous. The Sun alone is one million times bigger than the earth where you and I live!


Professor Turnabout —1688: Isaac Newton’s New Telescope

Avigail Sharer

Swish! The door opens and I step outside. I’m back in England—again (good thing I’m learning to understand the accent), but for a change, nothing too extraordinary is in the air. There’s no smell of gunfire, no boom of cannons, and I’m not standing in a dungeon, but in a pretty garden with quite a few weeds. Oh, hang on. There’s somebody there, sitting in the middle of the lawn, with his head in his hands. What can be the matter?


Zeidy Zakon: Up, Up, Up to Masada

Rabbi Nachman and Miriam Zakon

Let’s get ready. Come into the machsan. What’s that? The storage room. Most Israeli apartments have one. It’s like a basement, but the size of a big closet. Okay, everybody in. We need equipment for this tiyul (trip). What kind of equipment? Hiking shoes, binoculars, water bottles, hats, backpacks and sunglasses. Boy, that’s a lot of stuff. Where are we going? Interesting place. We’re going up a sheer rock face in the Judean desert, on the snake path. It’s only a five mile hike straight up. NO

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