Hello! This week we had some learning and some fun, with our 6th Graders! We talked through "life's ups and downs" as we see in the many chapters of Joseph's life and the important dreams he interpreted with his special skill. The students were able to fill in many of the blanks as we discussed the story, which was great. We also thought about it as a curving line, going up and down. We also talked about how Joseph reconciled with his brothers after so many years, and about the "7 years of plenty and 7 years of famine" dreams. The students then helped develop and play a "Life of Joseph" card game...in which you would collect all the ups, or maybe three in a row of ups and downs, or maybe use the Dream Card... - and many of them represented this idea as their next Torah-scroll page.
Finally, we also talked about how with this segment of the Torah, we finished our study of Genesis! The "thought for the day" was about celebrating accomplishments and how we celebrate together. You might ask the students how we "high five" each other when we finish a book of the Torah. (Hint: "chazak, chazak, v'nitchazek - strength, strength and become strong" we say). It might also be interesting to talk more with your students about perseverence and getting through the difficult times, to the better times in life.
In our Hebrew class, for the students who stay with me, we did our usual (extended) letter-reading warm-up and then began to learn the Avot V'Imahot prayer from the Amidah. It needs more work and polishing, but we definitely got started well! It's nice that it has the patriarchs and matriarchs listed, who we just learned about.
The kids are great and doing a great job on adding to their Torah scrolls, as we ended the day again. Looking foward to continuing the learning and the scroll in January!
Have a good holiday break and new (secular) year!