On the night of Wednesday, March 4th, after having fasted all day Jews all over the world will gather in synagogues, houses of worship, places of study, and sometimes in their own homes to hear the story of Purim.
Over the summer we did a total library book “shift” at the library for the Lander College for Men.
You might ask: “Why would you do that?”
Or “Wasn’t that a lot of physical work?” (Yes, it was.)
Or “How many books did you move?” (Over 15,000 books.)
So here is the story of why… Continue reading
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Contributed by: Sara Tabaei, Information Literacy Services Director, Midtown
In Judaism, it is often considered a great virtue to lend Jewish books. Some sages of the Talmud interpreted the verse “Happy are they that do righteousness” (Psalms 106:3) as referring to those who write books and lend them. Rabbi Yehuda ha-Hasid of Regensburg in the 13th century taught that the reward for those who lend books to their students in the world to come which will be as great as if they themselves had studied from those texts since they were the vehicles who enabled knowledge to be learned by the borrowers. Continue reading
3D printing is taking the technology world by storm. This new trend has been gathering attention with some of the outrageous items that can be printed, from cookies (or pancakes as shown above) to cars! But do you know the story behind this new technology?
On February 4th of this year, Jews all over the world will eat fruit. Usually it is dried fruit, such as dried apples or pineapple, sometimes even dates, figs, or dried pear. Many purchase carob, known as bokser in Yiddish. My personal favorite was always the bright orange dried papaya. We didn’t really eat it otherwise and it tasted the best out of all the options in the little “pekeleh” (package) that we would get in school. I never really liked the carob; it was always so dry and chewy, kind of like fruit jerky. But there we were, in the middle of winter, eating dried fruit to celebrate the birthday of the trees, as it says in the folk song we learned: “Tu B’Shevat Higiah, Chag La’Ilanot” (The fifteenth day of the month of Shevat has come, birthday (or holiday) of the trees). Continue reading
New York City Streets are rich with history. Two of the most famous streets in New York City are Broadway and Wall Street. Broadway is best known for the theater district, bright with lights and marquees, advertising the dozens of shows currently playing. Wall Street is associated with money, the financial district, and the New York Stock Exchange. But have you ever thought about the humble beginnings of these famous New York City Streets?
Broadway was the first main road created on the island of Manhattan when it was settled by colonists in 1624. Watch this short clip from the PBS Series “New York: A Documentary film by Ric Burns”.
Settling in Manhattan, creating Broadway
Did you know that a very famous hat was purchased at a shop on Broadway in 1860? Watch this short clip from the same video to find out.
Here’s some more NYC trivia. Can you guess where the name Wall Street came from? Yes, there was a wall there at one time. Here are two more short clips that explain how the wall went up circa 1653 and came down in 1699.
Wall going up
Wall comes down
You may know from your US History classes that New York City was the capitol at one time. But did you know that the Continental Congress actually met on Wall Street?
If you want to learn more about NYC History and you are a Touro student, staff or faculty member, then you will be pleased to know that the entire New York video series by Ric Burns is available via online streaming video through Touro Libraries’ subscription to Films On Demand. You can access Films On Demand, as well as many other useful video databases by visiting the Library’s homepage and clicking on the “Videos” tab. If you are off campus, you will need your off-campus username and password to access the content in these databases. Click here to set up or reset your username and password.
If you are a member of the Touro community, you can create custom video clips from many of our educational videos and use them in a presentation, webpage or Blackboard course. The clips that are included in this blog post are a small sampling of the content from Touro’s online undergraduate course HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY [ GHS 306 OL ]. I have greatly enjoyed working with Professor Elliot Hymes as an embedded librarian in this course. I’ve been able to help add lots of pertinent library content to the course and I’ve learned so much about NYC history at the same time. If you would like to know more about how an embedded librarian can enhance your course see the Embedded Librarian program description.
If you prefer DVDs to streaming video, the Bay Shore campus and the Midtown campus both have the Ric Burns New York video series on a set of 8 DVDs, available to borrow.
Touro Libraries also has an extensive collection of books, ebooks and other DVDs on the topic of New York.
Contributed by: Laurel Scheinfeld, Librarian, Bay Shore
On May 6, 2003, American troops were searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Their search led them to Saddam Hussein’s secret police headquarters in Baghdad. Troops had been informed that the building contained a copy of the oldest known Talmud in existence, possibly dating from the 7th century. The decision was made to try to save this document. Continue reading
With 2015 in full swing, ease into the spring semester by checking out some of the newest additions to the Touro College Library collection. Continue reading
As we come to mid-January, many of us look forward to Martin Luther King Day primarily because we get to enjoy a long weekend. Martin Luther King Day (or MLK Day as I call it), occurs each year on the 3rd Monday of January. This federal holiday was established in order to commemorate Martin Luther King’s birthday (which was January 15, 1929) for his vision of an America where equality and freedom is extended to all citizens. Continue reading
The following has been contributed by guest author Eda Seven. Eda is an international student, originally from Turkey, currently attending the Touro Graduate School of Business. If you’d like to write for the TCLibrary blog, please contact us.
Social media is important when you’re looking for a new job, as well as before going to a job interview. If a company or interviewer wants to know more about you, they can search your name on Google. They can get a lot of information from LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Because of that, we have to be careful about creating profiles on social media. Continue reading
We are getting closer to or in the midst of inter-session, that time between semesters. While you may not realize it, this time period can be significant. It marks either a rest before continuing on in your studies, a break to reflect on all you’ve learned before you head to graduation, or even a time before you head out to conquer a new goal (like enrolling in graduate school or obtaining your Bachelor’s degree). It is the time to recharge the batteries and to take stock of one’s accomplishments. Perhaps even to get ready for something entirely new! Continue reading
New Year’s Eve brings thousands of revelers to Times Square, all for the sole purpose of watching a glittering ball drop. And it doesn’t even really drop – it slowly and decorously descends. Continue reading