This week in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we have been playing our version of the narrative associated with Chanukah. We did a lot of building, but the children are planning on making a short movie as well and spent time making props, so the viewers will know who are the Maccabees and who are the Syrian-Greeks.
The children told me about the People:
Judah (he is their (the Maccabees) leader).
Maccabees ( small Jewish army).
King Antiochus (the bad guy).
Syrian-Greeks (the bad guys, they are big and tough, and they have elephants to fight).
Then the children told me what happened:
The King (Antiochus) said they couldn’t do Jewish things.
The King’s army messed up the temple!
The good guys didn’t want to be bossed around.
They (the Jews) wanted to be free.
So they fighted.
The Jewish army won, but they were smaller. They could do Jewish things again!
They had to fix the temple, and they celebrated.
They (the Jews) celebrated because they won the fighting.
I think they (the Jews) celebrated because they could do Jewish things again.