Shalom Sesame
Air date 1986
Writer Mark Saltzman
Sponsors ื“ (dalet), arba, notzetz (shine), mayim (water)


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Resting at Cafe Kibbutz in Rechov Sumsum, Itzhak Perlman discusses food that can be grown in Israel as the kids bring them to the table. They bring out t'marim (dates), agvaniyot (tomatoes), and avatiach (watermelon). He prepares to eat the watermelon, but his daughter tells him that it's time for "job rotations," so Itzhak has to serve them.
Film Live action segment looking at life in a Kibbutz in Yotvata, where the residents run a milk farm, as well as a carton factory. The money is used by the Kibbutz foundation and is used to build new homes for new residents. This is the Kibbutz Yotvata Dairy, which still operates.

Celebrity Rechov Video
Guest VJ Itzhak sets up the video in Hebrew, as the host translates.
Muppets The Three Teardrops perform "Big Kids Cry Too" in Hebrew, with English captions at the top of the video.
Cartoon "Jazz #4"
Film Exploring a cafeteria on a Kibbutz, including the dishwashing area.
SCENE 2 Moishe Oofnik creates a cereal called ื“ื’ ื“ื’ื ื™ื (Daisa Dag) and has Bonnie Franklin advertise the product. He wants her to say, "Mmmm! I love ื“ื’ ื“ื’ื ื™ื! Look for the big ื“ (dalet)!" However, she can't stand the smell and pours the contents out to discover what "Daisa Dag" means - "Fish Cereal."
Cartoon An animated fish swims past a dalet, and through a delet (door).
Muppets A street vendor serving hot corn to Kippi Ben Kippod and the kids of a Kibbutz and they sing about it ("Tiras Cham"). Moishe interrupts the footage, appearing in a floating box, mocking the song and translating some of the lyrics to English.
SCENE 3 Perlman sits on a park bench with a boy; the boy announces Hebrew numbers to Perlman, who translates them into English, and plays that many sounds on his violin. They proceed through 1, 2, 3, 4, and then suddenly 100.
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about the number four when he is suddenly visited by four lions.
Film A girl talks about her moshab (home) and how each moshabs in Kibbutz are different from each other.
Cartoon An animated chick hatches from her ื‘ื™ ืฆื”, or baytzah (egg).
Muppets Kermit the Frog has four eggs lined up, and counts them. Suddenly, one breaks, he counts the three remaining. Another breaks, he counts two. Again, so he counts to one. With all of the eggs broken, he counts the chicks. Suddenly, they start running away, force him to recount them.
When Kermit says hello, introduce his name, and when he counts, he speaks in Hebrew; the rest of his dialogue is in English.
Film A video on mayim (water) and how it is use.
SCENE 4 Bonnie meets Elam, who shows her around Kibbutz, Ein Gedi. We learn how children move into their own house at 14, a facility somewhat like a college dormitory. After school is done by 1:30 pm, the kids do at least one job per week for Kibbutz by picking fruits, taking care of animals, or work on machinery. Bonnie sees how figs are grown on trees, and develop in bags hung up before the growing season. Bonnie then is shown an animation studio that the residents work at for the animated sketches for Rechov Sumsum. One of the sketches they are working for is...
Cartoon Hebrew word notzetz (shine)
Film Children go swimming in the Shulamit Fall at Nachal David, which means River of David.
SCENE 5 Bonnie conducts the people of Kibbutz, Ein Gedi to recite the Hebrew Alphabet.
Cartoon Hebrew Alphabet (female vocals)
Muppets "Has Anybody Seen My Dog?"
SCENE 6 Bonnie interviews Charlie, one of the people who started Kibbutz, Ein Gedi. Later, Bonnie visits the Ein Gedi zoo, which is a school for kids to learn and take care of the animals. She talks to two girls and ask them about themselves and about the zoo. Sponsors follow after her interview.


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