Boker Tov (good morning)!

A note from Morah Alyssa:

“This week, we started learning about Hanukkah while continuing our Hebrew instruction. In this unit, we will study the importance of preserving Jewish identity.  To begin considering this matter, we explored the notion of preserving aspects of our modern lives.

To do this, we worked on two activities. On Monday, we worked with partners to write descriptions for artifacts in a “21st Century Museum.” Each partnership was assigned an artifact, and they worked together through various steps to write a short description that would go in the museum. On Wednesday, we followed this up by presenting our museum descriptions, and writing and sharing a journal entry about what we would pick to put in the 21st Century museum.

In Hebrew, my group played a review game on Monday to practice our letter/vowel recognition. Sigal’s group jumped right in, reading full words, and then, playing reading games, reading their names and the names of t’filot that we sing as a Hebrew School community.  On Wednesday, we played “Hebrew Bingo” and “Hebrew Hangman” with the whole class.

Shabbat Shalom,

Alyssa”

In t’filah this week, we studied parashat Vayerah, a parashah filled with many powerful stories and lessons.  On Monday, we read the story of three angels coming to visit Abraham in the desert.  Abraham, not knowing who they are, invites them into his tent, offering the food and drink and a place to rest.  We discussed the value of hachnasat orchim, welcoming guests, and had two of our students act out the right way to treat guests in our home.  We noted what an incredible example Abraham set, not even knowing who these people were (though, we emphasized that we should NOT welcome strangers into our houses, especially without checking with our parents!).

On Wednesday, we studied the story of the destruction of Sodom and Amorah.  We discussed the great wickedness of the people, and the righteousness of Abraham to bargain with God to save the city if even 10 righteous people could be found.  We saw that alas, there were no righteous people with the exception of Lot and his family, and so God destroyed the city, as angels brought Lot and his family out. As they left, they were told not to look back on the destruction, but Lot’s wife turned, and was turned to a pillar of salt.  We acted out these two scenes with a “Mannequin Challenge,” all the rage on the internet! Check out Congregation Or Zarua’s Facebook page to see our videos!

Shabbat Shalom,

Sigal