The Adventures of Hofni the Dreamer, Eden Newspaper, 1925
This is not a Shana Tova card but shows hopes for a Happy New Year! This is the September 1935 edition of the cartoon strip The Adventures of Hofni the Dreamer that appeared in in the Hebrew language children's newspaper Eden.
The Eden newspaper was published in New York between 1924-1926. The Adventures of Hofni the Dreamer was written and illustrated by S. Ruskin.
This comic strip could be used in a variety of teaching contexts. Teachers teaching Hebrew could use it in lessons before Rosh Hashanah for students with some prior knowledge of Hebrew. Jewish Studies teachers could use the translated comics as a trigger to talk about Rosh Hashanah and wishes for the New Year.
What did Hofni dream about?
What was the inspiration for his dream?
Have you had funny dreams like Hofni?
We often refer to hopes as dreams. What are your dreams for the New Year?
What stories do you know about dreams? Do you know stories of dreams from the Bible?
Draw a comic strip about these dreams.
"May this year be sweet and happy."
Hofni is sitting with his family at the Rosh Hashanah meal.
Hofni sees a sweet year in his dreams.
Hofni sleeps surrounded by piles of ice cream, chocolate and sweets.
Land of ice cream and chocolate.
Hofni is climbing on a tree of chocolate fruit throwing chocolate to the children below. In another picture Hofni and other children are eating ice cream flowing from the taps.
Oh! How wonderful and sweet!
Hofni is eating a meal of ice cream and sweets with his friends.
"That's enough! Enough!"
Hofni's mother is shaking him and telling him to stop eating.
"Enough sleeping! It’s time to go to the synagogue!"
In reality, Hofni's mother is shaking him and trying to wake him in time for the Rosh Hashanah services.