אל תסתכל בקנקן, אלא במה שבתוכו
Al tistakel baqanqan, ela bemah shebetokho
Translation: Don't look at the jar, but at what's inside it.
Meaning: Don't be fooled by external appearances - find the real value.
The Hebrews were an ancient people also known as Canaanites and Israelites. They were known as Hebrews because the language they used was Hebrew. Canaan, a mountain-and-desert land that was home to the Hebrews. Abraham led his people from the city of Ur to Canaan about 1900 B.C. The Hebrews, who had started out as traders, became growers of wheat, fig, and olives and tenders of sheep. They stayed in Canaan for about 100 years, during which time they organized themselves into the famous 12 Tribes. About 1800 B.C., a drought began, forcing the Hebrews to move to Egypt.Six hundred years later, the Hebrews were enslaved in Egypt. After a time, Moses led them out of slavery and across the Sinai Desert, first to Mount Sinai, where he received the Ten Commandments, and then back to Canaan. Moses died shortly before they arrived, but Joshualed them safely to what they called "the Promised Land."
The Hebrews elected Saul as their first king, and he ruled for several years. His death brought David to the throne. David continued Saul's campaigns against the neighboring lands and made Jerusalem his capital. His son,Solomon, ruled for many years; when he died, the Hebrews split into two kingdoms: Israel in the north and Judah in the south.
Source: Social Studies for Kids
Internet Resources for the Hebrews
Much of what is known about the Israelites is based on the Hebrew Bible, which is also known as the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. The first 5 books of the Hebrew Bible are known as the Torah, which is made up of stories about the ancient Israelites & descriptions of Hebrew law.
The Hebrew language use a different alphabet than English. The picture above illustrates the Hebrew alphabet, in Hebrew alphabetical order. Hebrew is written from right to left, rather than left to right as in English, so Alef is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and Tav is the last.
A man in the Netherlands has built a full size replica of Noah's ark. Using the Book of Genesis as his blueprint, Mr. Huibers, a carpenter, constructed a full-sized replica of Noah's Ark on the Marwede River in Dordrecht, just outside Rotterdam. Made from 21 transport barges and 12,000 Swedish pine trees, the vessel is 300 cubits long (around 430 feet). it's too far for a road trip, but you can read more & see a video.