Today in grade seven, students sang Mah Tovu, the Shema and Hinei Mah Tov in the auditorium with Michelle and Rachel. In class, the seventh graders discussed if and why it may be difficult to speak up for someone else. Students discussed the story of Shiprah and Puah, the midwives in the Book of Exodus who spoke up to the Pharoah and refused to kill the first born male children of the Israelites, and times they could speak up for others too. Emily, our high school teacher assistant, shared effective ways teens could react to teasing or bullying at school or online, with the seventh graders. Many students had great ideas to share. In Hebrew, the students learned to read the first phrases of the Avot V'Imahot and practiced reading to one another and with the class aloud. Everyone is making great progress in Hebrew this year! For fun and to continue to build class kehillah (community), the seventh graders played a ball game in the gym at recess time and during the last fifteen minutes of class. Have a nice school vacation!
Happy Chanukah. Today in grade seven, students made no - sew, fleece blankets for others in need, played brief games of dreidel and ate sufganiyot-donuts. Everyone was introduced to the song "Not by Might" and attended the whole school, Chanukah celebration.
Today in grade seven, students were asked, "Have you ever been jealous of or felt annoyed by a brother, sister or cousin?" They then learned about Joseph and the jealous feelings his 11 brothers felt when he was given a coat of many colors by their father, Jacob. Students saw a video and wrote and performed very funny skits and made board games about the story of Joseph, favoritism and jealousy. Everyone taped their weekly forms of expression pages into Torah scroll forms at the end of class. In Hebrew, students sang Mah Tovu, Hinei Mah Tov and the Sh'ma at the start of class and completed new Hebrew look alike letter and vowel pages to practice reading for ten minutes, three times a week at home. Students are also learning to read the names of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebrew.
A question you could ask your child at home is "Why did Jacob give Joseph a coat of many colors?" (Jacob favored Joseph, his 11th son, because he was born when Jacob was older and because Joseph was also the son of Rachel, the wife Jacob liked the most.)
Have a nice Thanksgiving!