• A four-year-old solemnly lights a Chanukah candle as nursery and older children look intently on.

    At the IJE, we have a tradition of asking our youngest children to light our chanukiyah. While an adult watches, our Shorashim u'Shteelim kids ("roots" and "saplings" for our nursery and kindergarteners) hold the shamash (the "helper" candle that lights the others on the chanukiyah), participate in reciting the Chanukah blessings, and independently light each of the other candles. Many, including some of our older children, ask, "Is that really responsible? Can a four-year-old be in charge of fire?" The  [ MORE ]

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