It was great to be with your children at Sunday School. Several of the children had attended services at were eager to share their experiences of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
We have moved from the reflective mood of the High Holidays to the celebratory character of Sukkot. Sukkot is a harvest festival during which we build or visit temporary huts called Sukkot (singular Sukkah). A Sukkah has branches for it’s roof and is decorated with fruits and vegetables. It is a mitzvah to invite guests to your Sukkah.
We are beginning our Hebrew studies with review of the Aleph Bet with games and songs. More on our Hebrew curriculum to come.
Next week we will celebrate Sukkot with the entire school. What a great way to acknowledge the many blessings we’ve been granted.
PS: Please ask your child what the original nightlights were.
What a thrill it was to meet with your children this morning, on the first day of Sunday school. We have a delightful group of children who are eager to learn, create and have fun! Our class today revolved around celebrating the High Holidays: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We looked at the holiday symbols and learned the meaning of each, giving extra time to exploring the Ram's horn - Shofar in Hebrew. Like an alarm clock, the Shofar's sound startles us into the awareness we want to have during this pensive time of year. For each of us there are questions like "What would I like to learn this year?", "How can I be more present friend, family member?", "What will help me be more acceptant of myself?", etc. I love how Jewish traditions build in opportunities for self awareness. We are learning to read and write Hebrew. Today the children wrote each of the Hebrew letters and learned several words and phrases. Among them: Tapuah - Apple, D'vash- Honey, Ani Po- I am Here. I told a story with props entitled "Yettle's Feather's". It is a fabulous story in which the main character likes to gossip. Please ask your child to retell the story with the illustration he or she made. L'SHANA TOVA - A SWEET YEAR TOGETHER