Tag Archive: Conversation

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 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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Nov 09

What A Privilege To Study Torah With You

Oh, beautiful middle schoolers! For years, you’ve dedicated yourselves to grappling with Torah text, to listening deeply to yourself and to each other, and now…this week…what a privilege to introduce you to that moment when Abraham takes the fire, and the knife, and walks off with his son. And your reactions! “Maybe the test is that Avraham is supposed to say, …

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May 13

Snack Time Conversations Expand Our Viewpoints

At the Jewish Enrichment Center, children figure out their own thoughts and beliefs about Judaism. Even as we’re exploring specific content, like an early rabbinic text in which Rabban Gamliel talks with Ceasar, we make room for children to wrestle with their underlying assumptions about Torah and about religious life. This week, I captured two …

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Mar 30

Nitzanim Reflect on Haggadah Theme

This week we are celebrating all of Nitzanim’s accomplishments during our הגדה(Haggadah) theme with a סיום (siyyum—closing ceremony). Our סיום (siyyum–closing ceremony) is modeled after the structure of a Seder. In between opportunities to taste the items on the Seder plate and drink four cups of grape juice, are times to reflect in writing or …

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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 14

Sharing our Ideas with Each Other

This week in Shorashim, we continued hearing our story from the book of שמות (Shmot-Exodus) together. Hearing the details again made us think about so many ideas and questions. Below is a conversation three and four year olds had about our story during כיבוד (kibud-snack). Boy 1: I was surprised at the part about how the baby boys …

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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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Oct 27

Nitzanim’s Feelings About Daniel

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about Daniel chapter 6, telling the story in our own words, and asking questions about what we don’t understand. Today we shifted from talking about feelings that characters might have to talking about actions that characters might take. Here are some snippets of our conversation today: מורה (morah—teacher): …

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Oct 20

Nitzanim’s Big Daniel Questions

We’ve started discussing a brand new story this week as part of our הלל (Hallel) theme, a story from the book of Daniel (DanielStoryforK-2). Daniel comes from the כתובים (Ketuvim—Writings) section of the תנ׳׳ך (Tanach—Hebrew Bible). This story is an example of a הלל (Hallel) moment. Before we start learning why it’s a הלל (Hallel) …

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