Boker Tov!

This week, I’m writing a Tuesday letter, as this week is a short one!

A note from Morah Tamar:

“Last week, we learned how to write the letter Alef – using our new book “Ariot.”
We also made an Alef out of paper – so we can “feel” the shape.
From the book Shalom we now know – “Kita Alef,” the teacher “Morah Shira,” “Shachar” – a boy in our virtual class, and “Sharona” – a girl in the class.

We are practicing as much as we can:

Ani ______ ( I am ______)
Ani bakita – I am in the class
and then everybody says
Shalom ______!

Today we learned

A boy Yeled יֶלֶד
A girl Yalda יַלְדָה
Red Adom אֲדוֹם

We practiced saying:

Ani ________ – I am and the child’s name
Ani Yalda. (I am a girl)
Ani ________
Ani Yeled (I am a boy)
We also practiced writing yeled and yalda.
We learned the word – Adom – red.
We played with red clay and we read the book “5 Balloons.”

Have a very happy Thanksgiving,
Tamar”

In t’filah, we had a visit from Lee, our visiting shaliach tzibbur (literally, “representative of the community,” used to mean someone who leads us in t’filah).  We had a great time singing with him, adding extra ruach (spirit) to our favorite t’filot, while also learning some new songs and melodies.

We studied parashat Chayei Sarah, in which we hear of Sarah’s sad passing, though we learned that Abraham’s sadness was not overwhelming, as she lived a very long, full and happy life.

We then read the story of Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, going out to find a wife for Abraham’s son, Isaac.  He meets Rebecca at the well, who shows him and his camels great kindness.  She refuses his offers of gifts and jewels, showing genuine graciousness and generosity.  Eliezer then finds she is a relative of Abraham’s and knows that she is the one for Isaac, and upon her agreement, he brings her back to Isaac.  We considered the signs of her goodness- her willingness to give of her water to Eliezer, and to also volunteer it to his animals, her refusal to do an act of kindness in exchange for anything, but rather because it was the right thing to do.

Spend the weekend talking to your children about how to be kind.

Ask them:

  • How can we show kindness to others?
  • Why should we be kind? Do we expect anything in return?
  • What are things that we are grateful for that we can work to share with others, rather than taking them for granted?

Judaism is a religion that has giving thanks built into our everyday lives, from saying Modeh Ani in the morning, when we thank God for returning our souls to our bodies, to regularly showing gratitude for what we have, in t’filahb’rachot (blessings), and in many of our rituals.  I hope that you can infuse the Thanksgiving holiday with Jewish spirit and values, and that you all have a meaningful and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sigal