Hamentashen and gragger making. Some crazy MadLibs with the Purim story... and a touch of learning about the actual Purim story.
Did you know that historians believe that Achashverosh was Xerxes?
Don't forget your costume on Sunday!
Homework, was due 3/9, but if you didn't do it please bring it in for 3/16:
Pick two questions to answer. Thoughtful answers please!
1. What events can suddenly change the course of a person's lift?
2. In the camps, Wiesel must struggle to stay alive and to remain human. In your opinion, how well does he succeed with his struggles?
3. Given their life or death situation, do you believe Wiesel's attitude toward his father was understandable? Explain your reactions.
4. Wiesel believes that remembering the Holocaust will help to ensure that this type of atrocity does not occur in the future. Do you think learning about historical events can guide people to behave differently? Explain.
5. Why does suffering so often lead to a loss of faith? Why does suffering sometimes lead to an increase in faith?
6. Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 19866 for championing of human rights around the world. How might his advocacy for human rights have grown out of his Holocaust experiences? What are the positive lessons of the Holocaust that Wiesel hints at in "Night"?
We have had some strong and educational presentations over the past couple of Sundays. We learned about the Massacre at Masada with Brody, Blood Libels with Decker, Crusades with Marcus, Inquisition with Brenda, Martin Luther with Zach, Russian Pogroms with Sydney, and the Mumbai Murders with Evan. I look forward to hearing from our other classmates tomorrow morning! By learning about Jewish History and how different events shaped world Jewery and Jewish life, we also learn a lot about Jewish culture and life today.
We are getting ready for a class with the Rabbi coming up, in which we will be playing a round of Stump the Rabbi! Each student should be coming up with their Stump the Rabbi questions!
In Hebrew class, we divided into teams last week and played a game. Ask your student what Despicable Me, Pirates of the Caribbean and Hebrew class have in common!
Why did we celebrate the birthday of the trees when they are snow covered and hibernating? What are some of Israel's most "green" agricultural pursuits? How much tzedakah (charity) does the Torah command Israel's farmers to give? Many people celebrate a day of rest every seven days, but does the Torah really require a year of rest for the land?
These are some of the many topics we discussed last week in our celebration of Tu B'Shvat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, the Birthday of the Trees. The class created beautiful posters with which to share what they learned with the rest of the school. The Hebrew School and many family members enjoyed a Tu B'Shvat seder, and the delicious foods that went along. Our day ended at Stop and Shop with Rabbi Levin, where there was a scavenger hunt that not only taught us about kashrut, but also contributed to the Kosher Food Pantry. What tzedakah! What a mitzvah!
This week we talked about miracles and about how we can apply the story of hanukkah to our lives today. In this holiday story, our enemies weren't trying to kill us, they were trying to assimilate us.
In addition to some awesome conversations and discussion, we sang a lot! We sang Maoz Tzur, Rock of Ages and we sang Mi Yimalel, Who Can Retell!
As we learned and practiced new songs, we also spoke about going to a nursing home or hospital to sing and light candles on one of the nights of hanukkah. I will need support from parents to make this happen. Let me know if you are interested!!!
We have also begun to discuss the holocaust and anti-semetism today. Did you know that we just passed the 75th anniversary of kristallnacht?
This week I will be assigning a reading from Night by Elie Wiesel. Every student needs to have his or her own copy. Libraries usually have plenty of copies, it can be purchased at Barnes and Nobles or another bookstore, or you can let me know that you need some help acquiring a copy.
V'Samachta B'Chagecha Vehayita Ach Sameach! And you shall REJOICE in your holiday and you shall be VERY HAPPY! (actual commandment from G-d!!)
This Thursday night and Friday will be SIMCHAT TORAH! What do we do on this holiday? We celebrate the Torah and our connection to G-d and Judaism. There will be lots of singing and dancing with the Torah. It is beautiful! This week we discussed the Torah. What does the Torah mean to the Jewish people? What is your connection to the Torah? We also ate snack, shook lulav and etrog, and had a lesson with the Rabbi - all in the Sukkah!
Last week we learned about Sukkot... and the class already knew so much! What a great time we had helping with decorations for the Sukkah! We focused on the Arbah Minim, the "four types," the lulav (date branch), willow, myrtle and etrog (citron) and what they represent. We made our own versions of each of the arbah minim in model magic. We also played Jewperdy! What fun!
HOMEWORK due 9/29: Reading and questions to be done with assistance from parents
Hebrew Homework: For those in my hebrew class, I gave two (quick) worksheets and one optional worksheet
As always, let me know if you have any questions!
CHAG SAMEACH! HAPPY HOLIDAY!!
Welcome to morah Alexa's class! I am thrilled to be apart of this very important year in your lives!
This is our class page. I will regularly be making important posts, so please keep an eye out!
"Success in t'shuva is not measured by the final score at the end of the game. It is measured by the playing. The striving for good is goodness itself. The striving for perfection is what perfects…"
This week we got to know each other... and not just our names! We discussed the meaning of t'shuva (the process of returning, spiritually), and how it applies to our own daily lives. The process of t'shuva is exemplified in a short video of Jonah we watched and discussed. We also worked on small posters about hopes/goals for the next year, which I hope we are all looking over each morning of this week!
Parents: If you want a quick lesson about Rosh Hashanah, ask your kids what the similarity is between an alarm clock and a shofar!
Homework: 100% completion of the "getting to know you" assignment I passed out, due 9/15. Bring our New Year goals sheet in to class 9/15.
L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem! May you be written and inscribed for a good year! Wishing you all happy, healthy, love-filled year!