We had a wonderful time celebrating TuB'Shevat in our class today. We enjoyed a book entitled "The Littlest Tree" and played a TuB'Shevat board game. I told a story called "Almond Tree's Birthday". The children helped in the telling by adding blossoms to the velcro board.
We are working on Chapter 13 in the textbook, which highlights Final MEM. The key word, which ends with final MEM is "L'Chaim"! (To Life). We toasted L'Chaim to our newly planted lima beans.
Have a wonderful vacation!
It was a joy to share the morning with your remarkable children! We read and write Hebrew during each class and recently the children had asked if there is special lined paper on which to write Hebrew. There is indeed, and if any of you went to Hebrew School, you received a notebook called a Machberet. I got my first Machberet in the 50’s – and it hasn’t changed a bit! Michelle ordered Machberot (pl) and everyone was delighted with the gift.
Our Hebrew focus was on the letter Yud which makes a “Y” sound. Key words include YAD (hand) and YOM (day). Please review chapter 12 in our textbook with your child. We discussed the Superbowl, and below you can see how to say “Yay!” if your team won.
I told a story entitled “The Three Loaves”. I hope you will hear a retelling of this thrilling tale.
We enjoyed learning about the holiday Tu BiShevat today. Tu BiShevat, also called "The Birthday of the Trees", marks the start of spring in Israel, when the foliage begins to blossom. For those of us outside of Israel, we celebrate the many gifts that trees bestow. In Hebrew studies, we focused on the letter HET which makes a CH sound. Key words are Hanukkah, Challah, Chaver (friend), and Chalav (milk). Please review Chapter 11 with your child to reinforce our learning. Alex read the book "Snow in Jerusalem". It's a fabulous book about a stray cat (Chatool - another HET word) whom two boys love and care for. Here is some more information about the letter HET:
The Letter Het (ח)
The letter Het is the eighth letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and also appears in various forms in a number of other Semitic language’s alphabets.
While Het is generally pronounced in a guttural way according to Modern Hebrew pronunciation, and is usually transliterated as “ch,” “kh,” or simply an “h” with a dot underneath, the letter “H” in the Latin alphabet actually has its origins in the letter Het. While most seem to believe that the letter’s origins lie in a hieroglyphic symbol meaning “courtyard,” it also has some connection to an ancient Semitic word meaning “thread,” and, in fact, the word “hayat” (חייט), which is extremely close to the name of the letter itself, means a “tailor” in the Modern Hebrew language.
The Hebrew letter Het is associated with a number of positive character traits. For example, the Hebrew word “hohma” (חוכמה), meaning “wisdom” begins with the letter Het, as does the word “hasidut” (חסידות), which means “righteousness,” and “hen” (חן) meaning “grace.” The numerical value of the letter Het is eight, which is often associated with super-spirituality or holiness, as it is one more than seven, which represents the holy realm of the Sabbath. When Jewish boys are circumcised and enter into their faith’s holy ancient covenant, it is commanded to be performed on the eighth day.
In connecting with the super-holiness and positive attributes associated with the letter Het, it is also important to note that the letter Het begins the word “hayim” (חיים) meaning life. The letter also looks like a doorway. In thinking about all of this information related to the Hebrew letter Het together, some think that the important message we can learn from the letter is that the way we can pass through the “doorway” to a good life is by instilling in ourselves and in our children good values, such as wisdom, righteousness, and grace!
We have been enjoying 100% attendance in class. Thank you so much for making Sunday school a family priority! This Sunday we studied Chapter 10 in our textbook, which is about the letter NUN. Key words are Navee (prophet) and Nishika (kiss). This chapter introduces our first letter (NUN) which has a final form when it comes at the end of a sentence. There are five such letters in Hebrew, known as the Sofit forms. They are listed below. We've been discussing acts of goodness including Tzedaka (giving to those in need). Each child decorated a Tzedaka box and had a fabulous time using watercolor paints.
This week we studied Chapter 9 in our textbook. The letter introduced was Ayin which is silent and depends upon its vowels to make a sound. Our key words are Shema (it ends in Ayin) and Olam (meaning world – it begins with Ayin). Please review this chapter with your child. We looked at the value of all forms of life with the tale “David and the Spider”. David, a great warrior and future king, was in a desperate situation. A spider befriended David and was able to save his life. Please ask your child to retell the story. Have a wonderful week!
Hanukkah is in full swing in our vibrant classroom. This past Sunday we learned about the Hanukkah story, spun dreidels, and decoded Hanukkah vocabulary words in Hebrew. We are working with Chapter 8 in our textbook. The key word is "Mitzvah" which is defined as a commandment. Mitzvah is often is use to describe an act of goodness. We spent time learning the vowels used to create a long E sound. Please review this chapter with your child. This Sunday, December 15th, our entire school community will participate in a Hanukkah Party featuring interactive stations.
For the past two weeks our Sunday School class has been focusing on Chapter 7 in our textbook, and on review of the Hebrew letters and vowels we've learned. The keyword for Chapter 7 is Tzedaka and it's first letter is Tzadee. Tzedaka is defined in our book as Justice, but has also been defined as Charity, Helping Those in Need, and Goodness. You may have a Tzedaka box in your home. Some families put coins in this box prior to Shabbat to help those less fortunate. Your children have asked to make their own Tzedaka box - and the materials are on order.
There is amazing progress among our eager students in mastering Hebrew. This would be a great time to review the first seven chapters of our textbook with your child.
On behalf of myself, our amazing teaching assistant Alex, and all of us at SSJS, I'd like to wish you a joyous Thanksgiving. We extend thanks to you for sharing the journey of Jewish learning with us. We look forward to beginning our Hanukkah celebrations when Sunday school resumes.
We had 100% attendance today - and enjoyed a fantastic morning. We are now learning the names of colors in Hebrew. They are as follows:
And here are the colors in Hebrew:
Light greenיָרֹוק בָּהִירYa-rok ba-hir
I read a funny story entitled "The Tale of Meshka the Kvetch". Kvetch is a Yiddish word for complainer, and Meshka was such a person. The things she complained about began to come true. Only when Meshka began to be grateful, did her problems vanish.
In Hebrew we learned about the letters Aleph and Vav. Please review chapter 6 in our textbook with your child, to reinforce today's lesson. Have a great week!
Dear Second Grade Families,
We had a fabulous time at Sunday school on September 22. Your children are eager to learn and are already soaring in the Hebrew and Judaic studies. We are on chapter two of our textbook, which introduced the letter "mem". We combined this with the previous week's letter "shin", to construct our key word SHAMASH. The Shamash is the "helper candle" which lights the other candles in the Hanukkah menorah. Please review chapter two with your child. I told the story "If Not Higher" with props. It's about a rabbi who disappears every year on the eve of Rosh Hashana. The congregation believes that the rabbi goes up to open the doors of heaven so G-d can hear our prayers. A young child follows the rabbi to find out where he actually goes. Please ask your child to tell you the story.
On behalf of myself, our wonderful teaching assistant Alex, and the entire SSJS community, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year! May blessings abound! Love, Mindy
We had a great morning enjoying the festive holiday of Sukkot. Sukkot helps us recall times in which the Jewish people were farmers who lived out in the fields during harvest season. We also recall the many times during which our people have wandered and sought temporary shelter. Sukkot is a colorful celebration of thanks for the gifts of Autumn. Each child made a model Sukkah.
In Hebrew studies we covered chapter 4 in our textbook. The key word is Bracha, which means blessing.
Our new letters are Resh ("R" sound) and Chet ("CH" sound). Please review this chapter with your child.
Have a wonderful week!