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Feb 09

Sorting Leviticus 19

This week, אלונים (Alonim, oak trees, for 5th and 6th grades) did something unusual with our text. In order to better understand what our text says, we cut up the פרק (perek, chapter) into chunks according to ideas. Then, we sorted the chunks into categories. 5th and 6th graders chose for themselves how to cut the …

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Feb 02

More text to wonder about

This week in אלונים (Alonim, “oak trees,” for 5th and 6th grade), we added A LOT more Torah text to our ideas about קדושה (kedushah; holiness). In our first reading of our new text, many of us we interested in the line: “Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but …

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Jan 31

Leviticus 19 for 1st-6th Grades

  Leviticus 19 וַיִּקְרָא י״ט 1) Adonai said to Moshe, א)  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר 2) “Say to all of the group of the Israelites, ‘Be holy [קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ]; for I, Adonai your God, am holy.’ ב)  דַּבֵּר אֶל-כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם–קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ:  כִּי קָדוֹשׁ, אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם 3) Every one of you must respect …

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Jan 27

“Respect Your Mother and Your Father:” Fifth and Sixth Grade Perspectives

“…Be holy, for I, Adonai your God, am holy. Every one of you must respect your mother and your father…(Lev. 19:2-3).” Conversation #1 Sixth Grader 1: “Why does it need to say that? Shouldn’t we respect them anyway? We should respect everyone.” Fifth Grader 1: “Yeah, but God is making sure everyone knows.” Sixth Grader …

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Dec 16

Reflecting On Our Work

This week in 5th/6th grade Alonim (“Oak Trees”), we took time to appreciate our accomplishments. We shared our projects with each other, noticing details and making connections with our own projects. We took time to read other children’s work. We listened carefully, asked questions, and out things we hadn’t known about each other. Then we took a few …

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Dec 09

What happens in our final project week?

Last week before we close out theme! It’s a whirlwind…(and we love the energy and drive)! We’re finishing projects, laying them out, finalizing artist statements to share what our projects mean, and what we’ve learned from doing them, catching a quick moment with a younger brother to show him the book she made about their …

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Dec 01

Wondering Questions in Alonim

This week, Alonim read our final text in our במדבר (Bamidbar) theme: the story of 12 scouts who were sent to scout out the land of Canaan. We had so many wondering questions in Alonim this week about our text! Our text includes many discrepancies. Children offered interpretations of these discrepancies. They asked, “What’s the point …

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Nov 28

Numbers 13: 25-33 for 3rd-6th Grades

To read previous texts from our Bamidbar theme, click here.   בְּמִדְבַּר י״ג Numbers 13 כה וַיָּשֻׁבוּ, מִתּוּר הָאָרֶץ, מִקֵּץ, אַרְבָּעִים יוֹם.  כו וַיֵּלְכוּ וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל-מֹשֶׁה וְאֶל-אַהֲרֹן וְאֶל-כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, אֶל-מִדְבַּר פָּארָן–קָדֵשָׁה; וַיָּשִׁיבוּ אֹתָם דָּבָר וְאֶת-כָּל-הָעֵדָה, וַיַּרְאוּם אֶת-פְּרִי הָאָרֶץ.   כז וַיְסַפְּרוּ-לוֹ, וַיֹּאמְרוּ, בָּאנוּ, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר שְׁלַחְתָּנוּ; וְגַם זָבַת חָלָב וּדְבַשׁ, הִוא–וְזֶה-פִּרְיָהּ.  כח אֶפֶס כִּי-עַז הָעָם, …

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Nov 21

Numbers 13: 1-24 for 3rd-6th grades

To read the previous texts from our Bamidbar theme, click here. בְּמִדְבַּר י״ג Numbers 13 א וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר.  ב שְׁלַח-לְךָ אֲנָשִׁים, וְיָתֻרוּ אֶת-אֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן, אֲשֶׁר-אֲנִי נֹתֵן, לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:  אִישׁ אֶחָד אִישׁ אֶחָד לְמַטֵּה אֲבֹתָיו, תִּשְׁלָחוּ–כֹּל, נָשִׂיא בָהֶם. ג וַיִּשְׁלַח אֹתָם מֹשֶׁה מִמִּדְבַּר פָּארָן, עַל-פִּי יְהוָה:  כֻּלָּם אֲנָשִׁים, רָאשֵׁי בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל הֵמָּה.  ד וְאֵלֶּה, שְׁמוֹתָם: …

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Nov 21

Exodus 35-36 for 3rd-6th grades

To read the previous texts in our Bamidbar theme, click here.   Adonai told Moshe to give the Israelites instructions to build a מִשְׁכָּן – a special thing for the Israelites to take with them בַּמִּדְבָּר. The מִשְׁכָּן was a special place for Adonai to be. The Torah gives specific instructions for how the Israelites …

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