Today in grade seven, students explored their thoughts, beliefs and questions about G-d as a part of their Torah studies. Students shared their initial thoughts and questions about G-d, which included "G-d is oxygen", "G-d created mother nature, mother nature created nature and nature created us", and " G-d retired... G-d rested on the seventh day, but then kept resting and we (are in charge) of the good things and the bad things in the world". Students learned that you do not need to believe in G-d to be a Jew, that some Jews have many questions about G-d and they learned five ways of understanding G-d in Jewish thought across many centuries. At the end of class, the teens used drawing to express their feelings about, questions or beliefs or in abstract form their reactions to our discussion about G-d.
One question you could ask your child is what are your thoughts about G-d?
In Hebrew class, grade six and seven students sang the alef bet song and made syllables with the look alike letters bet and vet using playdough. Students created a simple homework page to practice reading at home three times in the week ahead.
Have a nice week!
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!