The parsha Va-yiggash (Gensis 44:18-47:27) was very serious because Joseph was bullied 20 years ago but then he bullied his brothers! Before Joseph fed his brothers, he found out that they had changed! How do you think they proved they changed? by Owen, Drew, Reilly, Hannah, Sarah, Hannah R., Sam, Ben H., Liam, Adam, Mia, Ella & Morah Lauren
We tried a new art direction today with “torn midrash”. We talked about the concept of angels and what it means to be afraid, what makes us afraid and what makes us feel safe. The class watched G-dcast on You Tube to understand the meaning of the parsha, Was Jacob wrestling with an angel, with G-d or actually with his brother Esau?
There are no words to describe how proud I am of our RSNS community and our neighbors who have reached out to help! With everyone’s dedication, Dr. Jordan Gitlin will be able to share smiles with rainbow bracelets, not just for his patients, but for the extended family members as well!
Dr. Gitlin works with Heal the Children and they have graciously agreed to keep accepting bracelets that are being created with smiles to share smiles! Additionally there is a school, that Dr. Gitlin has visited with his family, that we will be reaching out to and building connections with. They have 250 students and each student will receive a bracelet as well!
Watch your weekly emails for the next looming day – everyone is invited to help!
We read a midrash called “What does heaven look like” from a collection of midrashim in God’s Mailbox. By accident we read about next week’s parsha, about Jacob’s dream in Genesis 28:10-12. This midrash reminded us about Jack and the Beanstalk because of the dream. It was sort of like Jacob was going back and forth between two places. First he wanted to be in somewhere else but everywhere he went, he was in the same spot. In Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack also went back and forth until he found out he was visiting his father’s old castle.
Have you ever read a story from the Torah and thought it was similar to a story you knew with a different title?
TO FIND OUR SPOT IN THE TORAH! WE LOOKED AT THE SHAPE AND LAYOUT OF THE TEXT. WE EVEN USED THE CHUMASH TO HELP FIND OUR SPOT, BUT IT WAS SO DIFFICULT, WE WERE STILL ABOUT 20 SECTIONS OFF. WE FOUND OUR PLACE BY LOOKING FOR THE WORD TOLDOT IN HEBREW. AT FIRST WE FOUND THE TOLDOT (GENERATIONS) OF SHAM, THE SON OF NOAH, BUT THEN WE FOUND THE TOLDOT OF ISAAC. THE IMAGE IS WHERE WE FIRST THOUGHT WE WOULD FIND TOLDOT AS THE SHAPE OF THE SPACES RESEMBLED THE BREAKDOWN OF GENERATIONS. WE ACTUALLY FOUND THAT THE PARSHA OF TOL’DOT IS MOSTLY TEXT WRITTEN CLOSE TOGETHER WITHOUT BREAKS. THE ONLY BREAK IS WHEN THERE IS A DISCUSSION OF THE BITTERNESS THAT WAS FELT BY ESAU’S ANGER TOWARD JACOB.
Over the past two weeks, the students in KAlef, enjoyed learning about two classmates. Julia shared her father’s tallit that he received on his Bar Mitzvah! Julia noticed the similarity between the blue on her dad’s tallit and the blue of the Israeli flag. Additionally the class noticed the stripes on the tallit and wondered what was first, the stripes on the flag or the stripes on the tallit!
This week we learned about the hanukiyah that Jadyn’s great grandmother once had. Jadyn shared a sivivon (driedel), a chai charm and a photo of her great grandma. Jadyn noticed the melted wax on the hanukiyah looked like a rainbow, a keshet, like we learned about in shira with Cantor Eric.
A special toda raba to the Richards family and the Underberg family for providing dinner and dessert to the kalef classes!!
On October 17th the K class added hands to their tree of mitzvot. While discussing the small ways that each of them can make a difference, the students added their ideas to hands that were later placed on the tree.
The alef class was busy creating colorful posters of the words henai mah tov. We discussed what helps us have that “pleasant” feeling that the song sings about!
We finished learning the colors of the keshet (rainbow) in the song, “These are the colors I know” and some parts of our gof (body). With PJ Library this Saturday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at RSNS, we learned two songs for shabbat, the topic of this month’s PJ Library!
During t’filah we focused on the “conversation” that takes place during the barhu. We created our own signs for the shema as we practiced the words together. We shared our blessings of healthy children, losing teeth, going on trips, having special visitors and most of all being part of this loving community!!
We visited the garden that will have blubs planted by the KAlef families on Sunday during Mitzvah day! We talked about how we will have to wait till the spring to see the flowers but that the bulbs need to be planted now, as the winter approaches.
Our joint efforts to collect tzedekah money has been quite successful!! We are proud that we remember that every penny counts and together we have collected over $50 since our class began in early October!!
We created cards today that will be sent to with the rainbow bracelets to children in Guatelma. We have over 825 bracelets and we believe we will hit our goal of 1,000 bracelets by the end of Mitzvah day!!
There is no class next week, Thursday, October 31st. We look forward to being together again on Thursday, November 7th!!
Morah Lauren, Morah Tracy, Morah Beth, Morah Heather & Alyssa