This past Sunday the students answered two "Do Now" questions on the white board when walked in. The first being "What is tzedakah? What does it mean to you?" The second question was "Rosh Hashanah just happened. What is your new year's resolution?" After we read the messaged and shared our answers, we started off the morning with an icebreaker question “What is your favorite kitchen appliance or kitchen utensil?” It was a fun way to greet everyone and reconnect after a week apart.
Afterwards, the class broke off into different Hebrew groups and everyone performed this transition with maturity and responsibility. When we came back together as a class we went outside and had snack together.
After snack, we discussed the two High Holy Days in Judaism: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For Rosh Hashanah, we reviewed details about the holiday and the ceremony Taslich. For Yom Kippur we discussed three big questions to learn about more the holiday: (1) Why do we fast? (2) What is Kol Nidre? (3) What are the three levels of forgiveness? To answer the last question we broke up into three groups led by myself, Lea, and Naomi and each group learned about one level of forgiveness and created a poster to teach the whole class about it. Ask your student what level of forgiveness they taught the class about! Lastly, we did our own version of Taslich through this activity called Toss-lich. We went outside, braced the colder weather, and the students got to kick off their shoes and share with the class something they wanted to toss away for the new year. These varied for every student but some common examples were arguing with siblings or getting frustrated with themselves. Ask your child what they tossed away for the new year! The students left this week with the mindset of forgiveness and starting the new year with a clean slate by leaving all the hate and negativity behind them.