Save the date: December 3rd: TY Chanukah Party!
Thank you to all the families who are putting in the effort of doing the homework. It is only beneficial to your kids to practice midweek.
At this point, I assume you would have let me know if you cannot access the homework. If this is the case, I will send home something else, but I won't know if you don't tell me.
This week, please do lesson 7 (the letter nun). I look forward to hearing the great reading that's happening.
Before kindling the Chanukah lights on the first night of Chanukah, Wednesday November 27, 2013, (or if you're kindling the Chanukah lights for the first time this year) recite all three blessings. On every subsequent nightonly the first two are recited.
Recited only on the first night (or the first time lighting this Chanukah):
1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.
2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-zman ha-zeh.
3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.
1. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.
2. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.
3. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.
Something extremely exciting is happening this year in the Jewish calendar. It is the first and only time in our lifetime that Hannukah and Thanksgiving fall at the same time. This special holiday is being called "Thanksgivvukah" all around the Jewish world. Can you find a fun way to tie the two holidays together? How about making a turkey menorah?
We introduced a new Hannukah song today called "Sivivon sov sov sov". Check it out below:
We have been hard at work creating a kindness/chesed guide for our families and for the congregation. Inspired by the story of Noah's Ark, we have been talking a lot about how we can be kind and how we can try to do mitzvot every day. Each person has a different creative spirit, and as such, two girls chose to write songs about kindness. Col Ha Kavod to Ella and Julia for recording their kindness songs for us all to enjoy. Please download their songs below:
Last week we launched our discussion of Shabbat. We have already talked about the biblical origin of Shabbat as being the day of rest. But the question we talked about was, how can we make Shabbat meaningful in our own lives? Do we need to light the candles in order to "keep Shabbat"? Do we need to follow all of the rules in order to observe Shabbat? Different people celebrate in different ways, but Shabbat is a time to do something a little bit different or special. How can you make Shabbat feel a little bit special in your family? We also followed the Shabbat challah tradition by braiding our very own and making challah covers. We had a fantastic time!
We are continuing to work our way through the Hebrew alphabet. We learned the letters daled and aleph last week and today, along with the vowel that makes the "ih" sound. To help your kids review, please have them do lessons 6 and 7 in the Tiyulim app.
I'm Sari Guttin, the Grade 2/3 Teacher and the Educational Director. I am thrilled to be here in this wonderful community to share my love of learning and Jewish values with my students!