This past Sunday our 6th graders discussed the final points of Pikuach Nefesh (to save a person's life) in comparison to preventing animals from suffering. Many students shared their perspectives and were able to back up their opinions with examples and other students respectfully disagreed. I am glad to see progress towards interacting with one another's ideas, and discussing these big topics of morality and values as a community. Next class we will be moving on to start talking about morality when it comes to the topic of self defense. I know the students will enjoy digging into this topic and look forward to hearing their ideas and fresh perspectives.
Last week our 6th graders got to enjoy practicing the Amidah prayer as well as as a song we will preform at the school wide Shabbat coming up in about 10 days. It was great, I think everyone enjoyed the practicing and is getting a great grasp of both the song and the prayer - I certainly enjoyed it. I am asking that students who would like to bring hand shakers or small not too loud hand instruments to use in our song bring them next class just for a final practice before the Shabbat dinner. I hope all that can make it enjoy and support all the class presentations/performances and all! Then we moved on to wrapping up our unit on "Pikuach Nefesh" to save a life as an important unit in the Jewish values and morals class. Then the students split up for Hebrew class, specifically in my class we took a short Hebrew quiz together and the students did great! Finally in our Art from Jewish communities around the world we finished our Tzedakah boxes and made some posters for the upcoming school wide Shabbat.
This last Sunday our 6th grade class spent more time learning the Amidah prayer, the words and tune. We also went over the song we will presenting at the school wide shabbat on March 9th. We are very much looking forward to sharing this prayer and song with you all. We also may be lucky enough to have one of our very own 6th graders accompany us on guitar! We then spoke more about morality and the class discussed what other situations might be considered saving another person's life or not. Students added many ideas and perspectives to the discussion and respectfully disagreed or supported one another's ideas. It was great and I'm very much looking forward to seeing everyone this Sunday!
Last week our 6th graders started to discover the amid. We practiced both by saying and then chanting through the prayer with the melody. It was great and I am looking forward to our 6th graders leading it in front of the school on our March 9th school wide shabbat. We then moved forward to continue on the topic of morality of Pikuach Nefesh (saving a person's life). We discussed some possible scenarios, of what it means to save someone's life and when it is considered necessary. Looking forward to the upcoming Sunday!
This past Sunday was full of discussion on the topic of morality. Our class topic for the rest of the year will be on Jewish values and morality. As this was our second class of the new year we began to discuss a specific topic in connection to morality. This topic was saving some one else's life, we journaled and discussed our assumptions and thoughts about the topic. Then we read some passages about our obligation to save another person's life according to Jewish law, the Torah and great Jewish thinkers of the past. It was a great class and I look forward to many more conversations as we ponder these difficult topics together.
Hope you all had a great thanksgiving! The Sunday before our thanksgiving break my 6th grade class started to explore the timeline of the Holocaust. We set up a timeline, where first the students were given dates and events and had to decide what the order of events was. Then when all the events were on the board we went through them and put them in the correct order of occurrence and made our own timelines. The students took great notes, discussed with one another about the timeline and shared knowledge about the time period. It was a great class and I am looking forward to deepening the discussion in the upcoming Sunday class. See you all very soon!
This past Sunday 6th grade briefly reviewed the events we had discussed in our last class and where that left us off. We finished preparing our presentations and got to enjoy three presentations from student groups. The first group presented on Crypto Jews also known as Jews undercover as Christians. This was a very interesting and informative topic, which the students were very interested in. Students asked questions, gave feedback and rephrased some of the key points they had learned about. Then we moved on to a presentation the Inquisition. Although a huge and difficult topic the students demonstrated a depth in knowledge that inspired other classmates to discuss the topic. The last presentation that we had to finish off our class section was on Jewish communities around the world. Three students chose Jewish communities in remote locations around the globe (one of them Uruguay). Students continued to ask great probing questions, like 'how did Jews get to these places and why'. These presentations were all great, so informative and inspiring! I know we all learned a lot from them and I saw all the incredible notes students had jotted down. Looking forward to our next chapters of history.
Last Sunday our 6th Class learned about different events in history from the writing of the Torah to the birth of Christianity and Islam. It was a very interesting class where we got to discuss the roots of these other religion and ask many interesting questions. Then we arrived at the golden age in the Mediterranean and what this meant for people of Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths. We had a wonderful presentation on the subject by 3 students who presented material clearly and fielded questions. Then we had another incredible presentation on Maimonides, one of the great people of that time that we still talk about today. Thank you so much to our presenters! Looking forward to two more presentations next week and some more history activities.
This past Sunday our class reviewed some of the connections between the story of Purim and other Jewish stories we have read. We moved on to our writing reflections on our ideas and how the story of Purim also connects to events that we have seen in our lives.
We then dedicated the rest of the course to working on our presentations. Each student is working with a partner or small group on a certain topic that they are preparing to present to the class. The presentations are in the form of newspaper articles that the students craft with their partner(s) with pictures/drawings and facts about the event or person. Please ask your student which subject they are preparing for, just to do a bit more research and maybe help them find a picture to use. This review will help them better understand the event or person they are learning about and take notes to add to those they have already written. They are expected to find and record the 'Who, What, Where, How and When' of the person or event to present. Looking forward to this Sunday, we will continue with the presentations in class and be learning from one another!
This past Sunday our class flew through hundreds of years of Jewish history. Beginning with the holiday of Sukkoth, celebrating harvest and time to be together in a time when Jews were constantly on the move. We then settled in the time of the first temple, who it was built by and how it changed the lives of the Jewish people. Every student contributed to a great discussion about what a temple can do for a mobile people who escaped from slavery in Egypt. We then moved on to talk about the wealth of Israel in the time of the temple and how several empires came and took over. The students wrote copious notes and asked questions, it was thrilling to see them interacting with such complex material! Then we moved on to talk about the story of Purim and how it was connected to the Jewish history we had been talking about and the Sukkoth holiday. We ended our lesson talking about the idea that the Jewish people were and always have been moving, whether escaping or or being kicked out. We, as Jewish people are the ultimate travelers and how that can effect people in positive, but complex ways. We then broke into our groups for Hebrew and then a celebration in the Sukkah. It was truly a fantastic Sunday and I am so proud of every student and their contribution.