This week, we reviewed the Jewish holidays – at the request of the students J. We then moved on to the next Jewish holiday, which is Purim. If you are unfamiliar with this AMAZING holiday, I hope you will read about it in your child’s textbook and/or online. To that end, here is a link to a website I like: http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday9.htm
One part of what we learn in studying Purim is that anti-Semitism was openly flaunted in the United States as recently as the beginning of the last century. There’s a great ad in the Jewish Holidays textbook for a Cape Cod hotel that included in the ad that no Hebrews were allowed. Anti-Jewish sentiment still exists - although, this is not something I discuss in class, given the age of the students. However, courage is a value emphasized in Jewish life – and that is something we do talk about in class!
This Sunday we will continue to learn about Purim – the festivities, the hidden meanings of things in the megillah, which our rabbis have discussed over the millennia… And we will be PAINTING. We are going to make masks to wear at the Purim carnival on March 4th. I use washable paints, but it’s still a good idea to have your kids dress in dark colors and/or something that is okay to get paint on.
Wishing you a shavua tov,