Bagel loved visiting again today! He was so tired from all the fun he had that he took a nap on the way home.
In Hebrew, we reviewed the אלף בית and then we read through the whole אֱין כֱּאלֹהֱינוּ prayer. We will continue to get more fluent at this prayer for the next few weeks. We also started a new unit in Hebrew. In addition to learning prayers, we will start to learn conversational Hebrew. Last week we focused on days of the week. This week we started our first bend which will focus on how to introduce yourself.
Here are some resources to use at home if your student would like to practice (this is optional).
(1) The Aleph Bet song:
(2) The vowels chart in your student's folder!
(3) The Ein Keloheinu prayer is one of the two prayers 5th will learn this year. Later this year, 5th grade will be responsible to lead this prayer in a Shabbat service. Your student can practice singing along with this video.
(4) The 10 Lines used for introducing yourself video. We learned the first two lines today and we will continue to learn more in the weeks to come. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcNXv9cX27Q&index=11&list=PLXU4ackZsIPrB7VNoAig0nRngIoQ47BWK
For the rest of the morning we talked about the history of the fortress called Masada. The students learned about the geography and the history of Masada. Our big focus was on the siege of Masada. For months, the Jews defended the fortress from the Roman invaders. However, on April 15th, 74 CE, the Jews knew it was inevitable that the Romans would capture the fortress. So instead of letting themselves be captured as slaves, they all decided to take their own lives and die as free people. The students looked at different videos and primary sources to learn about this tragic ending. But they also saw the Jews' resolve to die than be captured was also an act of great bravery. The students made wonderful haiku poems to capture their thinking. Ask your student what they wrote!
Check out this video to learn more about the siege of Masada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t38sBuQ7pQ
1) Please bring in tzedakah if you can and are able to! The 5th grade will collect tzedakah from the whole Sunday School and donate it to the Jewish National Fund at the end of the year.
Have a great week!