In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we had an exciting opportunity to spend a week exploring, “what is תּוֹרָה (Torah)?” as we started our תּוֹרָה (Torah) theme for the year רִבְקָה (Rivkah). This year, many of the children were new and while many had seen a תּוֹרָה (Torah) before, few had ever looked inside. Here are some of the ways we explored torah this week:

We visited locations around the building where a תּוֹרָה (Torah) can be found, and children took notes about what we saw, heard and felt.

  • “I see a Shofar.”
  • “I see shiny gems!”
  • “It’s [תּוֹרָה (Torah) cover] so soft.”

We explored inside the תּוֹרָה (Torah).

Children wondered:

  • “How long is a תּוֹרָה (Torah)?”
  • “How many letters are inside?”
  • “Is my שֵׁם (shem -name) in the תּוֹרָה (Torah)?”

Some of us made a tiny תּוֹרָה (Torah) that we brought to our building area to add to an אָרוֹן (aron- ark) that we built for them.

Some children spend time designing a תּוֹרָה (Torah) cover.

The children are excited to start exploring our text this week!