June 5, 2016, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22204
Morah Jen’s Hebrew class: We selected lines to read from the Avot v’Imahot and V’ahavta, and correct reading of pairs of words earned a target toss. Correct answers to a grammar or vocabulary question earned an extra toss. Scores ranged into the thousands again!
Homework: Practice the V’ahavta (p. 76 in the old textbook) and the Avot v’Imahot (p. 20 in the new textbook) for this Friday’s service and competitions in class again. Please also review the meanings of ha/the, shel/of, -nu/our, l’/to, -cha/your, v’ or oo/and, b’/in or with, and roots baruch (bless), zochar (remember), sh’ma (listen), melech (king), b’rei (create), kadosh (holy), or (light), ahav (love), tzivah (command), and chai (life).
Moreh Steve’s Hebrew class. We read through, translated, discussed and sang Vayechulu, with a prayer melody and with the Torah cantillations. Then we re-learned Adon Olam, with a French Sephardic melody thanks to Nathan. With that, we are at the end of our semester.
Homework: review at least three major prayers we have studied this term from the Friday evening service. Be ready to name them, and you’ll be called on to read one aloud to us, by yourself–and you won’t know ahead of time which one! See how much mastery you can show.
Homework: Think about something you have done or could do that would promote each of these T’s: Tikkun Olam, tzedakah, and tzedek. It can be one thing that accomplishes all three T’s, or one thing for each T.
Morah Erin’s and Moreh Zach’s Jewish Studies class: This week Nathan told us about Stan Lee, creator of Spider Man, the Hulk, the fantastic four, and many other famous comics. We learned that he was born in New York City to Romanian Jewish immigrants. Leonard told us about Bugsy Siegel, a Jewish American gangster and all around bad guy. He was involved in murder, bootlegging, and helped develop the first casinos in Las Vegas. Mia told us about Moe Berg, a Jewish American baseball player, who played in catcher in the major leagues. He also served as a spy during WWII. We followed this with a conversation about about the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. We discussed how rule of law is evident in the story and we talked about why so many miracles happen in the story.
Homework: Sarah will do her presentation for class. No other homework:)
Moreh Steve’s Jewish studies. We started with a discussion of Chapter 7 of the children’s encyclopedia, bringing us through the Roman period, the Second Temple’s destruction and the start of the Babylonian exile. And then, fittingly for our last substantive class, our conversation broadened to the present-day legacy of this ancient history: two peoples, making the same land their home for millennia in turn, now finding themselves together there and unable to share it. Your ever-deepening children asked powerful questions about disharmony and discord, about rights to land, and about national and religious identity.
Homework: for whatever time we have together at the last class, choose a Jewish value we’ve discussed and be prepared to elaborate on it, share thoughts about its significance and about why you hold it important in your own life. Think of a real-life example–that might help you get started.