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Feb 22

New Faces in Beit Anafim

Anafim has had a flurry of new people to hear from and interact with in Beit Anafrim (3rd and 4th grade). In the past two weeks, we’ve had a guest Chevruta (study partner), a visitor sharing about her Passover Seders, and we’ve finally met our pen pals in Charlottesville, VA.    This week, our guest …

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Feb 16

Who Got It Right?

Back at the beginning of this theme, Anafim wondered, “How did anyone know that  משה (Moshe – Moses) had hit the Egyptian?” On Tuesday, they got some ideas from the Early Rabbis about what it means when it says “He looked around and saw that no man was there” (Exodus 2:12): It means, “No one really …

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Jan 29

What About the Other Egyptians?

At the very beginning of reading שמות (sh’mot – Exodus) one Anafimer brought up a question he had heard in a d’var torah (sermon) at synagogue that week. He brought up the question of whether, perhaps, the midwives who refuse to kill the Hebrew boys are the only Egyptians that are really helping out the Israelites. He …

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Jan 25

Who is This God Character Anyway?

God, and what God does, is proving to be a BIG question inside of Beit Anafim right now. As we’ve read this part of שמות  (sh’mot – Exodus) each Anafimer has struggled with some big questions and in consistences between the God they’d imagined up until now and the God they’ve gotten to know in the beginning of …

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Jan 12

Back to the basics in Chevrutah

    Anafim have practiced a lot how to listen to each other, how to come up with their own ideas about a texts that we read, and how to respectfully disagree. With the start of our new theme, we’re honing these skills in the form of partnered learning. Working in Chevrutah Anafimers are partnering …

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Dec 18

So, did the Miracle Happen?

After three weeks getting an in-depth look at Maccabees 1 and Maccabees 2 Anafim had to come to terms with one fact: The famous story of oil lasting 8 days was conspicuously absent. Anafim, at least on יום שני (yom sheni – Monday), were unfazed: Boy 1: I still like the holiday. Girl 1: Its not really possible for …

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Dec 16

Vowel Uno?!

Anafim has a new game. For almost two weeks now, a group of Anafimers have been playing Uno every day during זמן עברית (zeman Ivrit – Hebrew time). The rules closely follow the rules of the familiar card game, except instead of numbers and colors they have letters and vowels. Each time a player puts down a card …

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Dec 12

I Maccabees and II Maccabees (for 3rd – 4th grade children)

What really happened in the Chanukah story? I Maccabees Chapter 1: Antiochus began to reign in the one hundred and thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks. Under his rule, Jewish people stopped following the laws of their fathers and began following Greek customs. They misled others, saying, “Let us go and make a …

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Dec 07

Anafim Revisits the Three Chanukah Stories

Two years ago, our current Anafim group explored three different endings to the Chanukah story–one from 1 Maccabees, one for 2 Maccabees, and one from the Talmud. (Here is a blog post about what they did then!) This year, Anafim is getting to know these same three sources much more intimately. They were ecstatic to …

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Dec 04

Gathering Conclusions about Hallel

Anafim, as you may remember, have been exploring Hallel as “Anthropologists”–asking how and why people want להלל (lehallel – to Hallel). Before Thanksgiving we took the afternoon to look through ALL our notes, remember EVERYTHING we’ve studied (the songs, the poems, the paintings, and the stories), and to come up with a conclusion. Here is some of …

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