Category: Sh’mitah

Revisiting Meaningful Explorations as We Close the Year in Shteelim

This week in Shteelim, we wrapped up our Sh’mitah theme and moved into a time of reflection and remembering of the past year. In our final conversations about Sh’mitah, Shteelimers connected the Sh’mitah year to Shabbat as they came up with similarities and differences between the two traditions, and asked why we observe both in …

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Welcoming New Friends

This week, we had a special visit in Shorashim and invited our friends from Shalom Chaverim (infants through 36 months) who will be joining us next year to come explore our space. Many of them have not been in our room before so we wanted to introduce ourselves and show them some of our favorite things to do …

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Final Thoughts on Sh’mitah

Nitzanim wrapped up our שמיטה (Sh’mitah—release) theme yesterday and today. Children were urged to consider the many pieces we touched on during שמיטה (Sh’mitah—release) including farming (perennials, annuals, nutrients), rest (for the land and our bodies), and הפקר (hefker—ownerlessness) Here are some of their responses to the question, “how could שמיטה (sh’mitah—release) be good for our community?”: …

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What Does a Sh’mitah Year Look Like?

Anafi’ms ideas range from “The community garden is overgrown with wild plants going crazy because there is no one to tend it, because it’s שְׁמִיטָה (Sh’mitah)” to “Poor people don’t have to work as hard to get food now…it’s more peaceful [the streets] because people aren’t asking for food.”        By the end of the week, …

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Shteelim Explore the Idea of הפקר (Hefker – Ownerless)

This week in Shteelim, we were able to explore two of our areas of focus – the concept of הפקר (hefker – ownerless) and counting בעברית (b’Ivrit – in Hebrew) – at the same time! In our farming play area, we set out with the new challenge of taking only as much as we need from others’ …

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Diving Deeper into Hefker

This week Shorashimers continued thinking about the idea of הפקר (Hefker- ownerless) together. Before continuing to play in our farming space, children began mapping out what they imagined the field would look like in preparation for and during the שמיטה (Shmitah-release) year. This process led children to think deeper about what their play would look …

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Finishing our Mural for שמיטה

This week, Shorashim and Shteelim completed their final יצירה (yetzirah – art/creativity) project for our current theme, שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release).  Both groups worked together to create a large mural made from painting and collage.The first three panels of the mural show what happens to the land during the years leading up to שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release).  Those three …

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Nitzanim Creates with Tiny Materials

Last week Nitzanim designed scenes with tiny natural materials like corks, paperclips, raffia, lentils and much more! Children responded to our הפקר (hefker) source text from ויקרא (Vayikra—Leviticus) 25:6-7: But whatever the land grows during the Shabbat year is for you, to eat – for you, and for your servant and for your maidservant, and …

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Tackling Big Questions Through Play

This week in Shteelim we’ve had a chance to continuing exploring in the agricultural play space, where Shteelim have acted out their preparation for the שמיטה (Sh’mitah – Release) year, as well as what they would do during the year itself. One of the big ideas that I can see has defined Shteelim’s understandings of Sh’mitah is …

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Real-Life Sh’mitah

What’s it like to work on a real-life Jewish farm, here in the US, that is following Sh’mitah? Anafim can tell you! On יום שני (yom sheini – Monday) Anafim Skyped with Matt, a farmer and educator and Leichtag Ranch in California. Anafim asked questions about what the farm grows, what it FEEL like to be …

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