Reflecting on Shehecheyanu

Shabbat Shalom! We are just a few hours away from the beginning of shabbat and I hope you all are able to soak up some sun this weekend.

Just two weeks ago we celebrated the fabulous ideas and projects children worked on during the שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) theme.

Below are three different vases children made and words about each. The words I’m including are only a small section of the child’s whole statement about their project. All the vases include three ideas shown through symbols the children developed and took away from the theme.

Image 1: When you say שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu), it sort of changes things. It depends what the topic is. My story: it would change things to say שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ when I got out of the hospital. My parents would know I’m okay, and grateful. It [saying שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ] changes how my parents think. And also recognizing that I’m okay. It expresses that I’m okay. I’m grateful for God that he got me through it.

Image 2: The שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) kind of has all this background. Like stories… we have all these stories like not seeing someone for a year compared to 30 days, or getting something new. There are all these background stories about שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ. It [שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ] also has all this background about being with my family and when we say the שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ during holidays and stuff.  Saying the שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ is kind of presenting all those stories in that moment. It’s like the moment I feel and right now, as if I hadn’t seen my friend in a year.

Image 3: My project has three reasons I feel like saying שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu). The part of me that makes me feel like saying שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ, I’m envisioning it like a plant. In the first idea, the plant is growing from [other] people making you feel like saying שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ, then the plant is growing from you making you feel like saying שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ, and last it’s also growing from having a good day that makes you feel like saying שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ. Each picture has a small hill. The grass mounds are שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ.

Check back next week to see the awesome things we’ve begun doing in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th-5th grade) for Pesach (Passover).

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