This past Sunday we reviewed the Jewish fall holidays and then started to learn about the Torah. My goal is to provide the kids with an overview of the Torah, our holiest book in Judaism, before moving on to specifics, such as the Prophets, which are part of the trio of the holiest Jewish scriptures. This trio is referred to by its acronym, Tanach. It stands for Torah, Navi (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings). But back to the Torah. After describing what the Torah is*, looking at pictures of the Torah scroll used in synagogues, and the book version of the Torah that we follow along with in services (Chumash, from the root word “chameish,” which means 5, as in the 5 Books of Moses), we looked at our calendars to see which portion from the Torah was read the day before class. It was Bereisheet – the very first portion of the Torah. It is known in English as Creation. To learn more about Creation, we created our own Creation collages.
I have updated your son/daughter’s binder with a current homework page. You’ll see on the new homework page that I’d like you (and/or your children J) to read the sections of the Torah packet, also in the binder, that have stars next to them. Sections that are circled are optional. If you can spend 5 minutes reviewing even the section headers, that would be great. (I don’t think the reading will take more than 10 minutes, but if you only have 5 minutes, the section headers/titles will convey enough information to get the general idea.)
The portion that will be read this coming Saturday is Noach (Noah in English), which tells the story of the flood, and the ark. We will talk about that in class, as well as review some concepts pertaining the Torah.
Wishing you a good week,