The Machon Meir Yeshiva is expanding its horizons, creatively teaching Torah concepts to the younger set through broadcast media. The yeshiva, which already has produced a Jewish children's Internet program in Hebrew, has now created one in English as well, “The Shemesh Show.”
Video: Shemesh Show Promo (spoiler...)
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Starring musician Eliyon Shemesh, whose Hebrew name means "sun" in English, the show is intended to serve as a “virtual Birthright trip for kids,” explained producer Yosef Packer. He added that positive Jewish values form the basis of the programming.
The lead character is played by Shemesh, who was born and raised on Moshav Modi'in, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and where he learned and performed with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. The father of five today lives in Jerusalem and is also an actor in the Hebrew-language Jewish children's series “Asi and Tuvia” as well as a recognized performer with two CDs to his credit.
The mission, said Packer, is “to bring fun and exciting Torah concepts as well as Jewish history to the children of the worldwide English-speaking community with loveable characters, comedy, original music and on site filming in the Land of Israel.” Shemesh agreed, noting that because the show is based in Jerusalem, filming is shot in “the very places our forefathers and mothers walked.”
Packer pointed out the inherent power of the Internet and filming industries, adding that the yeshiva is “dedicated to using these platforms to extend the love and faith of Torah in an appealing musical format.” An interactive educational worksheet accompanies each episode for children to learn more about the various themes and commandment presented during the show.
Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, head of the Ateret Yerushalayim Yeshiva and rabbi of the Samaria Jewish community of Beit El, has personally given his blessing to the project.
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