This week in Anafim, we began the school year (and finished off the Jewish year) by diving into both our theme of ישׁר (Yosher) and our lofty עברית (Ivrit-Hebrew) review goals for the next month.
To start off our themework, we explored our own ideas and questions about what it means to be Yosher using examples from our own lives and the Torah text. Throughout the week, we brainstormed characters from history, movies, and novels, and even our own friends and families who we consider to be courageous. Check out the start of our list!
We also shared stories about things we did this summer that made us feel proud.
We continued to explore ideas of Yosher in our first חַבְרוּתָא (chavrutah-paired text study) of the year. Anafim took turns reading this theme’s selected פָּרָשָׁה (parasha- weekly Torah portion) out loud to one another and each identified one example of a character from the text acting with courage, honesty, or integrity.
Our פָּרָשָׁה tells the story of how Ya’akov- a familiar character for many returning Anafim- comes to live with and work for his uncle Lavan and is given Lavan’s daughters Leah and Rachel as brides, along with their servants Zilpah and Bilhah. Many Anafim thought Lavan or Ya’akov demonstrated courage, honesty, or integrity at some point in the story. Without any prompting, one member of Anafim asked the rest of the קבוצה (k’vutzah-group) how Ya’akov could have two wives. We will continue to share and further examine these ideas and questions next week!
Meanwhile, in Ivrit, we are working hard to help everyone in Anafim reach the following goals by
ראש חודש חֶשְׁוָן (Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan- beginning of the month of Cheshvan):
1) count from 1-100
2) recognize all of our צבעים (tzva’im-colors)
3) know the names and sounds of the vowels
4) write the אָלֶף־בֵּית (aleph bet) in both script and print.
By the end of the first week Anafim had already come up with creative ways to help each other practice and improve these skills.
Some made up a competitive game in which each person received points for picking an אות(ot-letter) card and rolling a vowel dice and correctly pronouncing the sound made by combining the two.
One pair came up with the idea of writing out the אותיות (otiyot– letters) of their שמות (shemot-names), using dice to change the vowel sounds, and sounding out their “new” שם.
Way to work together Anafim!