Holiness, Moses, and the Ten Commandments

This week our Second graders learned about holiness

Saturday Jewish Studies

Elie’s Class

We learned about holiness this past week. We learned about holy places, objects and times and the class tried to write as many items in each category. They then collaborated on a drawing that included all three categories.

David’s Class

Last class we learned about what it means to act in a way that is holy and about the book of Leviticus.  This coming Shabbat, we will learn about the 4th book of the Torah, Numbers.  We will focus on the story of the spies who scout out the land of Canaan, and the story of Bilam and his Donkey — when Bilam the evil wizard was sent to curse the Israelites.  It is in this Torah story that the prayer “Mah Tovu” (“How lovely are your tents, o Jacob”) is first found.  The prayer is sung by Bilam — rather than curse the Israelites, he had no choice but to bless them.

Tuesday Jewish Studies

This week we continued learning about Moses. First, we worked in small groups to play a review game of chardes where each group acted out a part of the story from last week and the class guessed what part is was. Then, by acting out a skit, we learned what happens after Moses led the Jews out of Egypt and they were free. Moses climbs Mt. Sinai and is gone for 40 days and 40 nights. Ask your student, “What did Israelites do while Moses was gone?”

Wednesday Jewish Studies

Lauren’s Class

This week we continued learning about Moses. First, we worked in small groups to play a review game of chardes where each group acted out a part of the story from last week and the class guessed what part is was. Then, by acting out a skit, we learned what happens after Moses led the Jews out of Egypt and they were free. Moses climbs Mt. Sinai and is gone for 40 days and 40 nights. Ask your student, “What did Israelites do while Moses was gone?”

David’s Class

Hello dear parents. This week we learned about the Ten Commandments and the sin of the golden calf. We talked about the spiritual crisis, and why people might have felt they needed an idol – something “real” with a body – to pray to and believe in. We made a play and asked ourselves what we would put in our ten commandments. Have a good week and a flowering spring, David

Hebrew Through Movement

Saturday

This week in Hebrew through movement, the kids felt that they need to review the previous words, so we went over the words we learned in the past few weeks and played twister again. The word are
red (adom-אדום)
yellow(tzahov-צהוב)
green (yarok-ירוק)
blue (kachol-כחול)
hand (yad-יד)
leg/foot(regel-רגל)
We learned the meaning of the word “al” (on/over).
We all had a great time!

Tuesday

Shalom Families, on Tuesday, for HTM we reviewed body parts in Hebrew by playing a few rounds of “Shimon Omer.” We then followed Hebrew commands with Matzah, practiced saying the blessing before eating the Matzah, and eating a small piece of Matzah. We also practiced dipping Karpas into salt water (litbol/to dip) and saying the blessing “borei pri ha’adamah” before tasting some parsley. Next week, we will continue to practice singing the Mah Nishtan/Four Questions and incorporate commands using Hebrew vocabulary words from the Ma Nishtana. B’shalom, Sharone

Wednesday