Tag Archive: sh’mitah

May 14

Shteelim Explore the Idea of הפקר (Hefker – Ownerless)

This week in Shteelim, we were able to explore two of our areas of focus – the concept of הפקר (hefker – ownerless) and counting בעברית (b’Ivrit – in Hebrew) – at the same time! In our farming play area, we set out with the new challenge of taking only as much as we need from others’ …

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May 13

Finishing our Mural for שמיטה

This week, Shorashim and Shteelim completed their final יצירה (yetzirah – art/creativity) project for our current theme, שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release).  Both groups worked together to create a large mural made from painting and collage.The first three panels of the mural show what happens to the land during the years leading up to שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release).  Those three …

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May 06

Making a mural for שמיטה

Shorashim and Shteelim are well underway with their final יצירה (yetzirah – art/creativity) project for our current theme, שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release).  Both groups are working together to create a mural.  The first three panels will show what happens to the land during the years leading up to שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release).  And the last two panels will show …

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Apr 29

Anafim explore הפקר (hefker) through drawing

One of the core concepts of our new theme, שמיטה (Sh’mitah), is הפקר (hefker – ownerless).  During the sh’mitah year all food produced by the land becomes ownerless and anyone has the right to come and take it.  Anafim has been exploring this concept for the past several weeks.  This week they began to explore …

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Apr 20

Sh’mitah and Shabbat

As a staff, we weren’t sure whether the concept that שמיטה (Sh’mitah) , the periodic 7 year rest for the land, is parallel to שבת (Shabbat  – Sabbath). We didn’t know how our children had experienced Shabbat beyond lighting candels and singing special songs, so we weren’t sure the comparison would be helpful.   This week, without my …

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Apr 16

Shteelim Begin our שמיטה (Sh’mitah) Theme

This week in Shteelim, we dove in to our final theme of the year, שמיטה (Sh’mitah – Release). Our first week in this theme was guided by learning foundational knowledge about the שמיטה year and the farming process, generating many questions and wonderings about שמיטה, and keeping track of all the new information we learned. To do these …

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Apr 12

Sh’mitah?

We started a new theme today! All Anafim learned about our new theme, שמיטה (Sh’mitah), were the following facts: שמיטה (Sh’mitah) happens every 7 years. שמיטה (Sh’mitah) means release.  During the שמיטה (Sh’mitah) year, all agricultural activity, including plowing, planting, pruning and harvesting, is forbidden in the land of Israel. שמיטה (Sh’mitah) laws regarding the land apply only in the land …

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