This Sunday when we all gathered in the auditorium with the rest of the school from 9:45-10:00, we all sang Ma Tovu and the Oseh Shalom. With the thought of peace in our minds, we headed off to Hebrew!
In Hebrew, we reviewed the letters in the Aleph Bet and the vowels. We then played Hebrew Bingo! Sadly, no one won bingo this week, but maybe next week!
Here are some resources to use at home if you want.
(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.
During snack we had a whole class discussion about the tragedy that happened in Pittsburgh this past Saturday. I left this pretty open and up to the students to decide what they wanted to talk about, because I know that there was a varying degree of knowledge on this event. Students brought up different questions, comments, and connections about this tragedy. I believe mostly everyone handled this conversation with maturity and respect. I encourage you to keep this conversation open at home if that is something you are comfortable doing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or Michelle.
We also discussed two big topics today about Israel: immigration and how Israel is a Jewish state. In terms of immigration, we talked about how Israel is made up of many different cultures but all of these people are Israeli. We also learned about the belief of Kol Yisrael Areivin Zeh Bazeh. This belief is about how all Jews are responsible for one another. Students thought about how this belief impacts their lives right now and many thought of it in terms of what happened in Pittsburgh.
The last part of class focused on what is a Jewish state. Students learned that because Israel does not separate religion and government, this can sometimes create clashes between Jews with different beliefs. To demonstrate this, students were split up into fours groups and had two debates. The first debate was "Should planes fly on Shabbat? Yes or no?" The second debate was "Should restaurants only serve Kosher food? Yes or no?" Each group created a poster and debated, and we voted as a class for the winning side. However, I emphasized that even though we might think one way about these issues, that doesn't mean the other side is wrong.
Please bring in tzedakah next week if you can and are able to!