Our enthusiastic students had a great time at Sunday School this morning. We learned about the two silent letters, Aleph and Ayin today. Since these consonants have no sound, pronunciation is determined by their vowels. We practiced reading and writing Hebrew, and are making excellent progress. Our Torah study today was about Abraham’s search for a wife for his son Yitzhak. Abraham sent a messenger to his homeland, to find a bride among his people. A kind woman named Rebecca gave the messenger water after the long journey. Rebecca knew that the camels in his caravan needed refreshment too, and she drew water from the well for the animals. Due to her kindness and hospitality, Rebecca was chosen. We do the Havdallah service each week, to say goodbye to Shabbat and wish one another a good week (Shavuah Tov). It is a beautiful ceremony. Your amazing children give me hope for a more peaceful world. Love, Mindy
We had a great time at Sunday School today. Your children are eager to learn Hebrew and we are making progress. Today’s Hebrew focus was on letters Shin and Mem. We learned how to pronounce these consonants with each of the vowels. Key words are Shamash (helper candle on Hanukkah) and Morah (teacher). We practiced Hebrew printing. Our Torah studies centered around the story of Avram (considered the first Jewish person in the Torah), and how he believed in one G-d rather than various idols. Please ask your child to retell this story. We explored the concept of “B’Tzelem Elohim” – that we are each made in G-d’s image. The goodness of G-d shines through each of us as we navigate the challenges of growing and getting to know ourselves. I told the story “Cat of Many Colors” to highlight the message of self-acceptance. Have a wonderful week! Love, Mindy
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