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Since 1970, the United States has celebrated Earth Day every April. By contrast, ancient Jewish celebrations throughout the year remind us of our responsibility to safeguard the fragile planet God has entrusted to our care. Almost all of our Jewish observances reflect environmental concerns.
Here are five activities to help young children connect with Israel -- on Yom HaAtzmaut and all year long.
Observations on a winter's day walk in Israel.
Like techina, or sesame paste, hummus was brought to Israel by Jews from Arab countries, though today it is everyone's favorite. It tastes best when eaten with fresh, warm pita bread.
Brought to Israel by Jewish refugees from Arab countries, techina is a thick dip with sesame seeds as its base.
In Israel, it is not unusual for guests to drop in for a visit without prior notice. In such cases, they are likely to get a light snack or impromptu meal.
This Jewish Sephardic dish, similar to the Turkish burak, is served on festive occasions, but also widely sold on Israeli street corners.