Tag Archive: rabbinic

Jun 09

Anafim 5774 Hashavat Aveidah Presentation

  Below are the words of the Anafim children compiled by their Morah (educator).   Girl, age 7: We read the Torah verses that introduce Hashavat Aveidah, returning lost objects. We noticed the last words, “Don’t hide from the responsibility.” We thought that the Torah tells you to do Hashavat Aveidah but it does not tell …

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Jun 06

Celebrating Together

Nitzanim came in to the Jewish Enrichment Center ready to learn and explore! Before they even made it upstairs, we were already noticing the new signs around the building pointing to Anafim’s new and improved lost and found box. One child came in with a BIG question. He came in and observed that losing objects …

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May 15

Anafim rocks out with the the rabbis

This past week was super exciting in Anafim! Our loyal readers will remember that we left off our study of hashavat aveidah with a sense that the Torah text didn’t really give all the information we needed to return on lost object to its owner. So we turned to the early rabbis for help. We …

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Apr 10

Anafim Explores Mishnah*

*The Mishnah is an early rabbinic text, codified about 220 C.E. As mentioned last week, Anafim embarked on a crazy journey, learning what the early rabbis had to say about the ritual of Afikoman and becoming Afikomen experts. To recap: The Anafimers knew that the early rabbis said “don’t have an Afikomen”, meaning the Greek …

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Apr 02

Pesach is in the air in Anafim!

  For this Pesach, Anafim is determined to become Afikomen experts! Some Anafimers carry a family tradition of hiding and searching for the Afikomen (the broken piece of middle matzah) and were thus fascinated to find out that the word Afikomen is actually from a Greek word! Looking at the word epi komion, which denotes …

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Jan 09

Bal Tashchit: “Do not waste”

This year, our Tu B’Shevat exploration includes work on the concept of Bal Tashchit, “Do not waste.” Here’s the Torah source for Bal Tashchit.  “When, in your war against a city, you have to besiege it a long time in order to capture it, you must not destroy its trees, wielding the ax against them. You may …

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Sep 25

Sukkah Decorations of All Kinds

This week its no surprise our heads and hands were full of Sukkot projects! Each קבוצה (kevutzah- group) did several rounds of yetzirah projects and explorations to create sukkah decorations- and, even, an actual sukkah! Shorashim built a life-sized sukkah last week… and then they “ate sukkah dinner” inside of it, made paper chains, painted/stamped a לולב (lulav) …

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Sep 18

Week Two in Anafim

We had a great second week in Anafim! We are getting very excited for sukkot and spending lots of time exploring the arba minim: the lulav and etrog (and hadassim and aravot). After looking at the Torah passage describing these four species we found ourselves puzzled as to why these particular plants might be chosen. …

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Aug 30

Symbols for Rosh Hashanah

Anafim is really getting ready for Rosh Hashana. We have also been exploring the Rosh Hashanah seder as practiced by different Jewish communities around the world. We looked at the portion of the Talmud that suggests eating symbolic foods at the start of the new year. We then came up with ideas for why the …

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May 16

Not Just for Grown Ups! Shteelim at Sinai

To celebrate Shavuot, Shteelim reenacted the story of Har Sinai (Mt. Sinai). A beautiful midrash (rabbinic tale/ interpretation) about the story of Sinai is that all Jewish people (past and future, young and old, Jew by birth and Jew by choice) were at Sinai together. We used our imaginations to travel out of Egypt, across …

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