The Nitzanimers really impressed me this week with their ability to weave together multiple different themes we’re focusing on into single skits. Almost all Nitzanim children participated in a skit at some point this week. We’ve also been talking about the difference between holding a grudge and taking revenge, rooted in reading the text of Leviticus 19:18. This week we connected this text to the themes of Rosh Hashanah. We came up with skits that included שופרות (shofarot), תפוחים ודבש (tapuchim u’dvash — apples and honey), Rosh Hashanah decoration robbers apologizing, and friends asking each other not to hold a grudge.
The שופר (shofar) was a central point of connection. On Monday and Tuesday, we blew the שופר and noticed how it made us feel. Nitzanimers had several amazing answers. Children said שופר sound made them feel “happy!” “good” “excited” and “WILD!” One Nitzanimer just felt “weird.” We later read a few stories about Rosh Hashanah, the shofar, and tashlich. When asked what the shofar reminds them to do, Nitzanim kindergarteners replied:
“It reminds me that Rosh Hashanah is coming.”
“It reminds me to throw away bad things”
“It reminds me to clean out my heart.”
“It reminds me of the sound of the wind”
“It reminds me to be nice”
We had a great sharing session and and also talked about how the shofar can remind us to try new things in the new year.
Feel free to ask your Nitzanimer (especially kindergarteners) what the shofar makes them think of and about the new things they want to try in the new year.
! שנה טובה (Shanah tovah — happy new year!)