Look, I know we say it every year. But it’s true every year: I can’t believe how much you’ve grown! It’s especially visible right now, as the ענפים (Anafim– “branches” for 3rd-4th grade children) are simultaneously finishing up their last theme projects, and their last big עברית (Ivrit- Hebrew) challenges of the year. Everywhere I look, I see collaboration, confidence, and knowledge that just bowl me over.
Last fall, could you have collaborated as fluidly and joyfully on writing, filming, and editing a movie together?
Could you have parsed a whole list of Hebrew words taken from the prayerbook, identifying prefixes, roots, and suffixes?
Could you have self-identified a Hebrew תפילה (Tefillah- prayer) to master, and chosen the materials and strategies you needed to sit down and begin learning it yourself?
Amazing. Do you see how much you can do now, ענפים (Anafim)? And can you imagine what you’ll be able to do a year from now?