Category Archive: Ona’at Devarim

Apr 20

Joyful expression

ענפים (Anafim, “Branches” for 3rd-4th grade children) have grown a lot this year. For example, they can sit together and work in חברותא (havruta, text study partnership) to explore a new Rabbinic text, connecting it with their own ideas and their peers’ ideas. That requires a lot of different reading, writing, and collaboration skills, not …

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Apr 19

Is it Ona’at Devarim (Hurting People With Words)?

A father and son are hunting together. The son accidentally left his safety off and the dad accidentally shot his own finger. Another time, the father and son are hunting again, and the boy says, “Oh, I need to put my safety on.” The dad replies, “Yeah, we don’t want a remake of last time.” …

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Apr 18

Shteelim (‘Sapling’ for Kindergarten) Research Team

Today when the children arrived, before we even got to our space, I shared that I had brought a special surprise for us to explore. Immediately there was a chorus of, “what is it?!?” When we opened the door to our space I said,” go take a look, its on the אָדוֹם שָׁטִיח (adom shatiach– red rug).” …

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Apr 17

What if…?

We’ve been asking and answering a lot of “what if” questions recently. It helps us begin to put boundaries around our understanding of (Ona’at Devarim–hurting with words). It’s a little tricky, but children are eager to share their ideas and opinions about our new theme. This week, we’re wondering who bears the responsibility for the Ona’at Devarim. Is it Ona’at …

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Apr 13

Hurting with words, helping with words

The fourth-grader collapsed with a sigh next to where I was sitting with a third-grader in the hallway. “I can’t figure it out!” the fourth-grader said to me. “I designed my character to be a really, really nice guy. Someone who always helps other people, always wants to do the right thing. So I figured out who hurts him with …

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Apr 12

Stories about Ona’at Devarim

This week in Shteelim we have started doing the work of figuring out what אוֹנָאַת דְבָרִים (Ona’at Devarim- hurting with words) is and how it happens. We started by listened to stories (some even from personal experience!) where hurting with words took place. We identified אוֹנָאַת דְבָרִים (Ona’at Devarim- hurting with words) in these stories …

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Apr 12

Raising Middle Schoolers’ Compassion

By the time you’re in middle school, you’ve got a lot of examples of things that aren’t nice to say. And, you know not to say them. So our new theme, אוֹנָאַת דְבָרִים (Ona’at Devarim – hurting people with words) isn’t about figuring out what words might hurt each other. For middle schoolers, our theme is about …

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Apr 09

Accidental Hurtful Words

We started a new theme! It’s called אוֹנָאַת דְבָרִים (Ona’at Devarim–Hurting with words). Sometimes people (kids and grown-ups, too!) say things that hurt other people’s feelings without meaning to. Hurtful words can happen by accident. Sometimes, nice people can say hurtful words. Today, Nitzanim children imagined examples of times that words could hurt feelings by accident. 1. Sometimes our feelings …

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