Feeling alive

Hey! Did you know that the Hebrew word חי (chai–life) is the root of our new theme, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu)?

This week, children recalled times that they felt super alive:

  • Child 1: When I swung for the first time by myself. And I felt really good on the inside and the outside. 
  • Child 2: One time when I felt super alive is when I went to Guatemala to meet some of my family I’d never met before. 
  • Child 3: A time when I felt super alive is in this place in the middle of nowhere we go for walks and play in the river, and I feel alive. 
  • Child 4: I felt super alive when I was walking outside. I felt free and excited.
  • Child 5: I was hiking and I felt safe and alive.  

Then, children wondered why getting new things, like building a new house or getting new pots (Mishnah Berakhot 9:3) would be an occasion for saying a blessing about being alive. Children explained that getting new stuff makes you feel excited and thankful. Or maybe you might need the new stuff. It helps you stay alive. If you don’t have it, you might die. 

Wow! What amazing ideas you’ve shared, Anafim! I’m so excited to continue exploring with you!

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