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Sep 23

The Shofar Reminds us to Try New Things

This week in Shorashim, we dove further into our theme and learned about how the Shofar reminds us to try new things! We began to share with each other what new things we have tried before and how we felt when we tried them. During kibbud we had תפוחים ודבש (tapuchim udvash-apples with honey) and one Shorashimer mentioned that this was the first time she had ever tried dvash and it “felt like it tasted sweet.” We even talked about how it feels when we try something new and it doesn’t go how we thought it might. Shorashimers had a lot to say about this question such as “try again,” “ask a morah for help,” “sometimes you learn something new,” and more.

This week, we had all new materials in Pinat Ivrit that many of us had never used before. Some of us tried to write our שם (shem-name) in Hebrew for the first time ever with different writing utensils and materials. We also did new aleph bet puzzles and worked on matching aleph bet אותיות (otiot-letters) that were new to us. Some of us even made Rosh Hashanah cards to pass out to members of our community and practiced saying שנה טובה as we gave them away.

One Shorashimer practices tracing his שם (shem-name) for the first time!

One Shorashimer practices tracing his שם (shem-name) for the first time!

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Two shorashimers draw תפוחים (tapuchim-apples) on their שנה טובה cards!

In addition to our new ivrit materials, we got to work on a special yetzirah project with Morah Miriam! We decorated a big shofar with materials that we had never used before. There will be another part of the project that we get to continue working on next week. We also made skits about trying new things and three shorashimers decided to make a skit about celebrating Rosh Hashanah together for the first time. We played some pretty silly משחקים (mischakim-games) as well where we froze how we thought certain symbols of Rosh Hashanah would. I can’t wait to see what new ideas Shorashim comes up with next week when we talk about how the Shofar teaches us to use kind words!

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Three shorashimers create a skit about celebrating Rosh Hashanah together for the first time

Shorashim works together to decorate their shofar with new materials

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