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Feb 02

שְׁמַע Feelings

We are solidly in our שְׁמַע (shema) theme, and Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grade and “Branches” for 3rd grade) has been unmatched in their gathering of שְׁמַע feeling words. A couple of weeks ago, we started collecting words on a big list on the wall.

From watching and listening to שְׁמַע stories from people connected to our community,

to conducting interviews of our own,

we were able to collect over 20 words to describe how saying the שְׁמַע might make someone feel. Some children even started a שְׁמַע practice of their own and brought back words about what it was like to add to our list. Here are just a few:

  • Confident
  • Calm
  • Present
  • Flowing
  • Bold
  • Together
  • Joy
  • Community
  • Quiet in my mind, body and heart
  • Connected to… earth, nature, God, the universe, ancestors, each other

Next, we’ll dive into the question of why someone might say the שְׁמַע. How can the שְׁמַע be a tool? What could saying the שְׁמַע do for me? In Nitzanim v’Anafim, our exploration of the שְׁמַע has already been incredibly expansive. As we open up new realms of this timeless prayer, I wonder what these 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders will have to say next…

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