This week we turned our attention to the upcoming holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is one of the harvest festivals on the Jewish calendar. It reminds us of the ripening of the first fruits in Israel. Shavuot also celebrates the giving of the Torah/Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai.
Our Hebrew work this week featured words associated with Shavuot. Here are some of them in transliteration.
Have a wonderful week and enjoy the spring weather. Love, Mindy
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Shavuot Hebrew VocabularyShavuot
Z’Man Matan Toratenu
Time of giving our Torah
Festival of First Fruits
Book of Ruth
As always, your children shared their vibrant personalities in Sunday School today.
We learned the prayer "Modeh Ani" which is often recited upon awakening the the morning. Modeh Ani thanks G-d for giving our souls another day, a new day filled with possibilities.
Our Hebrew focus today was on the letters Pay, Fay, and Fay Sofit. Pay makes a "p" sound and our key words were Purim, Pesach and Peh, which means mouth. Please review pages 68 through 71 with your child.
We read the book "Bagels from Bennie" - a wonderful tale about a child who wants to thank G-d. His idea is to place a bag of bagels in the Aron Kodesh, the synagogue's holy ark, each week. Your child made a story prop and can retell the story.
Next week there is no Sunday school due to vacation. We'll see you on the following Sunday.
Be well and happy, Love, Mindy
Thank you so much for all the food and paper goods that you sent in. You thought of everything! We had a fabulous seder - in which all of the children participated.
Chag Sameah - Happy Passover! Love, Mindy
I hope you are managing well during this snowy March. The Hebrew word for snow is "Shelleg" and we have certainly had our share in recent weeks.
With our studies centered around Passover, our class is enthusiastically anticipating spring. We enjoyed a story that I wrote about new life in the spring, and we made a related art project. Rather than using our textbook for Hebrew, we are currently working with the following Pesach vocabulary words from the website Akhlah. (www.akhlah.com). This is a wonderful site for learning Hebrew and for gathering holiday information. Please look on the website for "Passover Hebrew Vocabulary" to review the words with your child.
Our model Seder is this coming Sunday and it is always a joyful time. Children take turns reading the Hagaddah, and we all partake in eating special Passover foods. Thank you in advance for providing the supplies for our Seder.
Be well and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Love, Mindy
We are well into our studies of Passover. Pesach is a holiday rich in symbolism that lends itself to reflections on freedom. As we study the past exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt, we naturally ponder our own freedom as well as the factors that hinder us. Our class has begun to discuss the questions evoked by the Passover Story.
I told the story of the Passover Parrot and we proceeded to do an art project related to it. I hope your child retold the tale to you.
For Hebrew studies, please review chapter 11 on pages 50 - 53. There is writing practice on page 52 for your child to complete. The chapter teacher two letters that make an "S" sound - Samech and Sin. Key words for Samech are Sabba (grandfather) and Savta (grandmother).
Have a wonderful week, and keep in mind that Passover ushers in the spring.
Preparing for the holiday of Purim with your children has been great fun. We have reviewed the story told in the Megillah, and the traditions associated with it. Now we await the fantastic annual Purim Celebration at SSJS on Sunday, March 4th. I hope to see you there.
In Torah studies we explored the Parasha "BO", which delves into the plagues and how they eventually influenced Pharaoh.
We are on Lesson 10 in our textbook. It covers two letters which make the
"V" sound. The letters are VET and VAV. Please review pages 45 to 49 with your child.
Have a wonderful vacation! Love, Mindy
We had a great time at Sunday school. Everyone was excited about the Super Bowl. Dori sent us the attached sheet with football terms and we practiced Hebrew with Super Bowl terms rather than our textbook. For homework please review chapters 1 through 8 in Alef Bet
Quest with your child.
Our Torah stories are leading us towards the Israelites escape from Pharaoh in Egypt - remembered each year at our Passover Seders. Next week, however, we'll begin learning about Purim. It is a fabulous holiday for children and we'll be having a special a whole school program.
Have a wonderful week! Love, Mindy
Our classroom continues to be a place of joy and sharing. One of the outstanding characteristics of our second grade group is their kindness and generosity. Whenever a child needs something, a marker, a seat, a bit of encouragement - your children immediately step in to help.
This week we focused on two Hebrew letters which make a "T" sound. They are Tav (Key word Torah) ant Tet (Key word Tallit). We practiced writing using individual white boards. For homework, please review chapter 9 in our textbook.
We learned more about Tu B'Shevat, the celebration of trees. Reading a book entitled "Noah's Trees" we reflected on how the great flood destroyed plants and trees. In the book, Noah took saplings of his favorite trees so they could survive and be replanted. Each child made a fabulous illustration of the story.
Thank you sharing your precious children with us at SSJS. We adore them.
In Hebrew, Sunday is referred to as Yom Rishon, which means the first day. My Yom Rishon is spent with your wonderful children. I cannot think of a better way to start a week.
We are on lesson 8 in our textbook. The Hebrew letter Resh, with it's "R" sound is highlighted. Key words to remember for Resh are Reggel (leg) and Rosh (head). For homework, please go over pages 35 to 39 in Alef Bet Quest.
Just when spring seems a long way off, we celebrate the beginning of spring in Israel with the holiday Tu Be'Shevat. The children took turns reading the book "Happy Birthday Tree" by Madelyn Rosenberg. Each child made a unique tree sculpture.
Enjoy the Week. Love, Mindy
We had a wonderful time at Sunday school today. Following many days of extreme cold, weather was on all of our minds. We did a quick unit on Hebrew weather words, emphasizing Kar (cold) and Kham (hot). The children told vacation stories about being Kar in the Car and we had a great laugh. Here are some vocabulary words:
Hebrew WeatherThis is a list of words about the weather in Hebrew. That way you can describe what kind of weather and temperature it is where you live.
Snowing: יורד שלג
Sunny: השמש זורחת
Windy: יש רוח
We focused on Tzadee today. Tzadee has one form when it appears at the beginning or middle of a word, and a final form when it ends the word. Key words are Matzah and Tzedaka. Following our discussion about Middot (Jewish values) I told a story about a penny who wanted to do a good deed. Please ask your child to retell the story. Each child made a Tzedaka box.
I am happy to tell you that your children are fascinated by Hebrew and some even asked for homework! Homework this week is to review Chapter 7 in the textbook: pages 30 to 34.
Our next class will be on January 21. Until then, stay warm and cozy.
Mindy Elins, M.Ed