May 1, 2016, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22204
Morah Erin’s Hebrew Class: We continued our work on decoding and understanding the Shema and V’ahavta. We started off talking about why many Jewish communities, including Kol Ami, whisper or don’t say the second line of the shema. Then, in S’fatai Tiftach we read through line 15 together. We looked back at page 66 to try reading some lines as they appear in the Torah. Students were surprised at how different the print looked! Then we studied the vocabulary on page 80 and looked back at the words on pages 74 and 71. We checked our memory with a game of “your pile, my pile.” We ended by timing our reading on page 28 of I Can Read Hebrew.
Homework: Work on decoding and understanding lines 1-15 on page in S’fatai Tiftach and page 83. Do pages 30-32 in I Can Read Hebrew.
Morah Jen’s Hebrew class: Once again, we took advantage of the lovely weather by holding class outside. Again, the kids took turns reading lines from the Amidah and Avot v’Imahot (p. 20 of the textbook). If they read a line correctly, they ran or walked a lap around the playground while the rest of us counted in Hebrew. We continued counting where we left off each time, and we got up to 130! We briefly discussed the importance of numbers in the counting of the omer at this time in the Jewish calendar. We also discussed the root chesed (kindness) and its appearance in the Avot v’Imahot.
Homework: Please read/do pages 30-32 in the textbook. Continue practicing reading the Amidah (top of page 6) and Avot v’Imahot (p. 20).
Moreh Steve’s Hebrew class. We read and built vocabulary around the Hashkivenu, with special attention to the poetry and the mythology of this captivating prayer about sleep as a blessing of peace, and waking up as a blessing of rebirth.
Homework: Think about Tikkun Olam you can do today to protect our water sources. If you do the experiment on desalinating water in Green Bible Stories (optional), please share your experience with the class!
Morah Erin’s and Moreh Zach’s Jewish Studies: This week we talked about the building of the tabernacle in the dessert. We noted that the instructions were very precise, called for many unusual and exotic materials such as dolphin skins, and required 13 pages of fine print, as compared to only 2 pages for the creation of the universe. We also considered why it was important to the Jewish people to have a physical manifestation of God, in the form of pillars of fire and smoke, and thought a little about why the Jews made the golden calf. Our Jewish American hero of the week was Steven Spielberg, a name that wasn’t immediately recognized by all the students, but almost everyone had seen at least one of his movies. We watched clips from an interview he did that included moments from many of his movies. Spielberg talked about feeling like an outsider as a child, partially because he’s Jewish, and how being an outsider is a theme in many of his movies. We ended with a short clip from the very beginning of Schindler’s List, in which we hear a cantor chant the Kiddish the way it would have been chanted in pre WWII Poland. Students were able to recognize some of the differences between how it was chanted then and now.
Homework: Please read pages 115-121 in The Bible from Alef to Tav.