Have you ever played dominos, when you try to match the number of dots to the number of dots and then connect them all? This week we played Human Dominos with values! Instead of imprinting your children with dots, each child came up with 2 values that were essential to them. They then connected to as many other people in our community who had the same value. There was kindness, trust, respect, responsibility, love, friendship and so many more. What are the 2 values most essential to you?
We have been very busy reviewing hebrew letters and vowels, learning hebrew words associated with the holidays, and beginning our unit on G’milut Chasadim, or acts of loving-kindness. We discussed all the ways, we as children already do things to help others. We wrote down what we’ve done and drew pictures of our good deeds. We also talked about one of the 7 Spiritual Values, “Derech Eretz” and wrote down names of people we know and admire, because of their good character. Check out our helping hands bulletin board in the hallway near the back entrance to RSNS!
After t’filot, we began looking at our value of spiritual peoplehood. Using our lens of Tikkun Olam, we illustrated our responses to Pirke Avot 2:16“…it is not up to you to finish the work, yet you are not free to avoid it…” While we did not share our illustrations as of yet I am looking forward to the exchange of ideas that the drawings will spark.
We continued to figure out what the Tanach is all about and what can be found where. Where is Joshua? Where is the Book of Ruth? What comes first the Torah or the Prophets? Do the sections of the Tanach “flow” into each other like a story would? Feel free to share your answers to these inquiries!
We had a race of sorts throughout the Tanach … each of us picked a specific spot and using the notation like Ezekiel 16.20, we all searched for the right spot. As a class we averaged about 1 minute to find a specific spot, although the first search was about 4 minutes!
This week’s Tanach search ended with listing the order of the prophets as they appear in the Tanach. We were familiar with the names of the prophets as we had completed a word search with the names last weekend!
Our class had a great first day! While we have been to synagogue school already this year, today was the first time that Hay Shabbat School was together! Over the course of the year we will be studying about the נבאים (Prophets), גמילות חסדים (G’milut Hasidim) and the value of תיקון עולם (Tikkun Olam).
When posed with the question, “What is תיקון עולם?”our class shared a variety of answers: world peace, friendship, helping others, repairing the world, Israel, saying sorry when needed. These words and phrases will the be jumping off point for our discussions regarding this important value. Quite literally, תיקון עולם means repairing the world … yet what does that mean to each of us? Please share your thoughts in our comments :)!
With just a few moments before attending שירה (music) with Cantor Eric, we set forth to learn about what texts comprise the Hebrew Bible. The three elements are: .תורה נבאים כתובים – ת.נ.ך
Our students were puzzled using the word, Bible, as they relate that word to describing the Christian Bible. Over the course of the year, we will continue to note which texts come from what part of the ת.נ.ך.
After שירה we had our first ביחד (b’yachad) service with our families. My favorite moment in our ביחד service is when families reach out to each other at the end of the עמידה (amidah) when we recite ברכת השלום (blessing for peace). Our community becomes literally connected to each other and for those moments, we stand as one!
Wishing everyone שנה טובה ומתוקה A happy and sweet new year!