Tag Archive: Torah

Nov 08

Can we hear the next part of the text?!

Lately, a lot of Anafimers have been arriving with the same question on their brain — “When can we hear the next part of the text?!” As we settle into kibud (“snack”), the anticipation of hearing what happens next in the lives of Ya’akov and Esav is palpable. As we’ve been nearing the end of the …

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Oct 21

Exploring the Torah in Shalom Chaverim

For the past two weeks, the zero-three year olds and their grown-ups in Shalom Chaverim have been investigating a special Jewish book– the Torah!   We unrolled a Torah together, and peered inside. We discovered lots of Hebrew letters written on soft parchment! We cared for our own (toddler-friendly!) Torah by building it an aron hakodesh  …

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Oct 04

Ideas emerge in the studio

This week, the יצירה (Yetzirah–Art/Creativity) studio was abuzz with energy as Nitzanim children shared interpretations from our Ya’akov v’Esav (Jacob and Esau) theme. Creative expression offers many children a way to reflect on their ideas and questions, test out interpretations, or show an idea that couldn’t be explained with words alone. When children do יצירה (yetzirah–art/creativity) in …

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Sep 14

Diving deep in our second week

It all starts with a question, and then we’re off! At the Jewish Enrichment Center, children grow the confidence to articulate their own ideas about God and about Torah. Yesterday, at kibud (snack), children wanted to talk about the God character in the Torah (Click here for Genesis 25, the first text in our new theme!). Children carried this …

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Sep 14

Genesis 25: 19-26

Genesis 25:19-26 for 4th-5th grade children 19 This is [about] the descendents of Yitzchak, the son of Avraham. Avraham had Yitzchak, 20 and when Yitzchak was 40 years old, he took Rivkah (who was the daughter of B’tuel, an Aramean from Padan-Aram, and the sister of Lavan the Aramean) to be his wife. 21 And …

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May 04

Chavruta

You can hear the sound of children’s voices from out in the hallway. Inside of the ענפים (Anafim- “branches” for 3rd-4th grade children) classroom, ten eight- to ten-year-olds are sitting at tables, each across from a partner. And as each pair reads and discusses a Jewish text together, an ancient tradition called חברותא (chavruta- ‘friend,’ or learning partnership) comes to life. …

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Apr 27

Exploring the Torah in Shalom Chaverim

This week, our exploration of Jewish objects in Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends!”) expanded to include a special book– The Torah! Together, the 0-3 year old children and their grown ups had the chance to explore the Torah in many different ways. We shared Torah stories together. and we examined many images of the Torah from …

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Feb 05

One text, many interpretations

Isn’t it amazing how just two פסוקים (pesukim–verse) of Torah text can inspire so many different interpretations? Today, Nitzanim encountered the following two verses from Deuteronomy 5:   יג  שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תַּעֲבֹד, וְעָשִׂיתָ כָּל-מְלַאכְתֶּךָ. 13 Work for six days and do all your work; יד  וְיוֹם, הַשְּׁבִיעִי–שַׁבָּת…לֹא תַעֲשֶׂה כָל-מְלָאכָה אַתָּה וּבִנְךָ-וּבִתֶּךָ וְעַבְדְּךָ-וַאֲמָתֶךָ וְשׁוֹרְךָ וַחֲמֹרְךָ וְכָל-בְּהֶמְתֶּךָ, וְגֵרְךָ אֲשֶׁר …

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Nov 27

A Curious Visit to the Torah

Shorashimers are naturally curious. There’s so much joy in exploring new things! Our recent visit to see the torah was filled with wonder and excitement! Where’s the torah? “Is it under here?” “What’s that thing?” Oof how does this open? We found it! “Is this a table?” “Soft” “So heavy.” “This is like a finger …

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Nov 09

Wait time

Every theme here at the Jewish Enrichment Center is different.   They each have their own rhythm. Some themes start with a big story, or a big question; some move quickly and some build gently. For ענפים (Anafim– “Branches” for 3rd-4th grade children), this autumn has been a slow adding-on of layer after layer of text. …

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