Sara Grossman

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Name: Sara Grossman
Date registered: August 18, 2014

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  1. So Many Possibilities — October 17, 2017
  2. Genesis 18: 1-8 for 1st-7th — October 16, 2017
  3. Genesis 18:1-10 for Nursery and Kindergarten — October 16, 2017
  4. Determined — October 9, 2017
  5. Solving the Sukkah Puzzle — October 2, 2017

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  1. Exodus 16 for Nursery-2nd grade — 3 comments
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  3. Genesis 40:1-23 (Yosef in Prison) for 1st-5th — 2 comments
  4. Genesis 12 for 1st-6th grades — 2 comments
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Oct 17

So Many Possibilities

There are so many mysteries and puzzles inside new Torah texts. Even a close reading of just a few words opens up so many possibilities for what the Torah might mean and what the story might be about. On the first day of hearing a new text, Nitzanim children paid particular attention to Genesis 18:3, which says, “He …

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Oct 16

Genesis 18: 1-8 for 1st-7th

  Genesis 18 בְּרֵאשִׁית י”ח 1) Adonai appeared to him, at the oaks of Mamre. Now, he was sitting at the opening of the tent, as the day grew hot. א  וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהוָה, בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא; וְהוּא יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח-הָאֹהֶל, כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם. 2) And he lifted his eyes, and he saw– הִנֵּה!– three men were standing …

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Oct 16

Genesis 18:1-10 for Nursery and Kindergarten

  1    Adonai appeared to him at the oak-trees of Mamre. Avraham was sitting at the opening of his tent as the day grew cham.  2    He lifted up his einayim – and- hineh!  He saw shalosh men standing there in front of him! He ran out of the opening of his tent to meet them. He …

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Oct 09

Determined

I believe that our children can do anything. They are creative and capable, and they amaze me everyday. But sometimes I ask them to do something that’s a little tricky, and it feels hard or frustrating. Last week, after children figured out the ancient early rabbis’ “rules” for building a סכה (sukkah—booth), they got to …

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Oct 02

Solving the Sukkah Puzzle

Can you see it, too? That focused determination? The team work? The excitement to solve the puzzle? Today we tried to figure out the “rules” of building a סכה (Sukkah—booth) according to the ancient, early rabbis of the Talmud (4th-6th centuries). We looked at pictures of lots of different סכות (sukkot—booths). They varied in size, shape, and material. Then we …

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Sep 25

“Wedding Pretty”

Today we took a little trip… … to see the Torah dressed in white for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We practiced careful looking and quietly sketched the Torahs. Children noticed, “crowns,” “that it [the Torah] has legs,” and “writing.” And then, we were ready to imagine. With hushed voices children offered the following explanations …

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Sep 12

Moments of Kindness

We’ve been together for less than one week, and my goodness what a gorgeous community we’re shaping up to be. It’s in the little moments, filled with kindness and care for each other.  את רוצה מים “At rotzah mayim?” (Would you like water?). And then one child poured it for the other child, who was busy …

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Sep 07

All in a Day’s Work

Did you know that Shteelim (“Saplings” for kindergarten) and Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st grade) are researchers? They make observations:  “Look, round challah.” They ask research questions:  “What does a תפוח (tapuach–apple) smell like?” “Like cantaloupe.” “What צבעים  (tseva’im–colors) are on a תפוח (tapuach–apple)?” They test hypotheses:  “Look what happens when I add מים (mayim–water) to my …

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Jun 07

A Joyous Final Week

It was a joyous final week filled with some of our favorite things: Baking Making up skits together outside Yetzirah (art/creativity) projects And cozy Ivrit (Hebrew) At the end of the day, we had a chance to speak our mind to our community. Here are just a few of the comments children shared: “Thank you everybody for a really …

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May 23

Broken Telephone

Judaism grows and changes over time. Nitzanim children have been exploring Shavuot and the way that ideas about Shavuot have changed over time. We started with ideas about Shavuot in the Torah and then moved onto exploring what the ancient early rabbis (1st-6th centuries) had to say. Now, we’re starting to talk about later developments, ideas about Shavuot …

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