Boker Tov (Good morning)!

A note from Morah Tamar:

“Shalom,
This week, the students worked on writing their names in Hebrew, both in marker, and with Wikki Stix – fun, mold-able plastic sticks.

Each of the children had a turn saying

“Ani ________”( I am their name)
“Ani Bakita” ( I am in the classroom)
“Shalom Kita Alef” (Hello first grade)
Their reading, writing and speaking Hebrew are all progressing very nicely.

After t’filah, we had a special surprise – we met Ariot the Lion (ari’eh in Hebrew is a lion, and ot means letter–Ariot is “The Letter Lion,” helping us learn Hebrew).  The children thenreceived their new workbooks – “Ariot” – which they will work in as they learn to read and write.

Shabbat Shalom,

Tamar”

In t’filah this week, we studied the story of Lech Lecha, in which God tells Abram (soon to be Abraham) to leave his home, to go to the land that God will show him.  We discussed how amazing it was that Abram listened to God, as he had little evidence to show him that God’s promises of blessings, protection, and making Abram a great nation would be kept.  We considered who we might listen to, if someone were to tell us to leave our homes, with the promise of something great.  While students said they were skeptical about listening to me if I were to insist on such a drastic change, most felt confident that they would follow their parents anywhere.  Many, however, were unsure what they would have done in Abram’s situation, emphasizing his great leap of faith to follow God’s command.

Take the time to talk to your children about why we might trust or have faith in other people, and in God – if they are someone we know well, someone we care about, someone who has done good things for us or others in the past, someone with a good reputation, who is kind, caring and respectable, among other factors.  Consider as a family what your values are, and what allows you to put your faith in another person and when it is appropriate to do so.  Remind your children that blind faith can be dangerous, but that believing in others when we have good cause to do so can make us stronger, more trusting people.

On Wednesday, we took some time with the older students to discuss the election.  We studied a text from Pirkei Avot that explores personal responsibility and motivation.  I am attaching the worksheet here, if you’d like to consider these ideas as a family.   We discussed that regardless of political beliefs, we are at a junction in our history that, perhaps more than ever, requires us to consider carefully what we stand for and to work hard to make our beliefs a reality.  As the text says, if we don’t do it, who will?  If not now, when?  Later, we considered Abram’s example of faith, reminding one another that we too must have faith, especially at this time.  We must hope that our new president will be a strong and good leader, and that our government will work to protect the rights and freedoms of all in this country, while still making sure to stand up for all that is important to us.  I encourage you to share these ideas with your children, to take the time to consider as a family what it is that you care about and what you will stand up for, while having faith in the people that lead us.

Shabbat Shalom,

Sigal