Today in grade seven, students explored the story of Noah and the flood and the symbols of the dove and the rainbow. Students learned that the Torah describes Noah as the most righteous man of his generation and they tried to define what it means to be righteous. The students heard the midrash ( a story told by the Rabbis) of Abraham smashing his father's idols in Terah's idol shop. They explored how they might " go forth" as Abraham did in the Torah portion, Lech Lecha, by discovering what they stand for and believe in today. A question you could ask your child is "What values or beliefs are important to you and why?"
In Hebrew class, students were introduced to the alef bet letters using mnemonics and song.
Today in grade seven we had two ice breaker activities, watched an online video about the Torah's story of creation, and played outdoors for awhile too. Students created games, skits and drawings about the story of Creation and its meaning to begin their Torah scrolls.
A question you could ask your son or daughter is "Who has a spark of G-d within?" or "Who is holy?" The seventh graders learned that Judaism teaches that each of us is created in the image of G-d, each of us has a spark of G-d within us and each of us is therefore holy.
Have a great week!