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Ji Calendar and the solar eclipse

What is a solar eclipse?

Well, this is when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, and by doing so, blocks the suns light.

During a solar eclipse the sun continues to shine, but it appears as if the light of the sun has been switched off with the only evidence of its existence being its ‘corona’ (the latin word for ‘crown’) which – during the eclipse – looks like a circle of fire.

But while a solar eclipse is very cool to look at (and there will be millions of people trying to do just that on August 21st!), it is even cooler to understand it.

For many of us, the relationship between the sun, the moon and the earth is difficult to comprehend, especially as it impacts on the secular and Jewish calendar, which is why Ji Calendar is so incredible because it not only allows users to play great games about the Jewish calendar, but also learn about the solar system.

Ji Calendar is a state-of-the-art, educationally rich, imaginative and enriching series of modules to teach everything that a child needs to know about the Jewish calendar. The app is divided into a classroom tool and an addictive game for students. Students can design their own ‘space kid’ who will accompany them on their entire journey through the Jewish Calendar.

In Ji Calendar you can move round the earth, moon and sun, and see how each affect one another, and then you can find out how each are important to the Jewish calendar.

So as you prepare for the solar eclipse make sure you download Ji Calendar to out more about this incredible event and our amazing universe!Download Now!

Rabbi Johnny Solomon

Written by Rabbi Johnny Solomon

Rabbi Johnny Solomon is a passionate, reflective and energetic Jewish educator. He has a BSc (Hons) in Maths and Religious Studies, a teaching qualification from the University of Herfordshire and semicha from the Montefiore Kollel in London. While living in London, Johnny held numerous senior positions in Jewish education including Head of Jewish Studies at Immanuel College, Assistant Head at Naima Jewish Preparatory School, Team Leader at the Jewish Curriculum Partnership and Head of Jewish Studies at Hasmonean Girls’ School. In 2012 Johnny moved to Israel where he spends his time writing great Jewish educational content for Jewish Interactive, and teaching at post-high school seminaries.

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