Boker Tov (good morning)!
Your children had a great start to Hebrew School this week! Our returning students easily got right back into their routine, picking up their learning where they left off, and our new students adapted beautifully to the new structures and material of B’nei Mitzvah Scholars.
Enjoy these notes from the teachers about this week’s classes:
“It is so great to be back at Or Zarua! We dove right in on our first day, getting acquainted with the Talmud. We learned some key Talmudic terms and talked about why the study of Jewish text is so important. Next week, we will continue our discussion, and begin to look inside the Talmud. We will continue to learn the important history that surrounds the compiling of the Talmud, and read a few stories in translation. Over Shabbat, ask your child why he or she thinks it is important to study Jewish history and texts.  What can we do with the texts that are available to us?
In Hebrew, this week, our younger scholars learned greetings, including “What is your name?” and “Where do you live?” and how to respond to these questions.  Additionally, the  numbers zero and one were introduced. The students began to engage in conversational Hebrew, with a lot of encouragement for participation, and the students engaged very nicely.  Mark began a review with the returning scholars involving greetings, numbers, colors, and parts of the body. The students learned a new way of asking one’s name. We played a word game, and began reading lessons.
Looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at our Family Shabbat Lunch!
Shabbat Shalom,