Tag: research

Sell Your Bread? Say What?!

It came up casually, as part of a different conversation about Pesach, and immediately, it grabbed our 5th – 7th grade children’s attention: some Jews sell their חמץ chametz (leavened foods) for Pesach. What?! How? Why?   So we did what we usually do when children have questions: we started researching. We turned to the Torah, to …

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Finishing Our Mezuzot

This week, we FINALLY wrote our own שמע to go inside a mezuzah. We’ve worked so hard on recognizing and writing Hebrew letters. We’ve worked so hard on our שמע research (and it remains a favorite activity – one child asked today if we could go into the Chapel and do more research!). Today, we wrote the שמע.   …

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Collaborative Learning in Nitzanim

It was such a lovely afternoon. Children worked together on Shema research. Children worked together to figure out how to write/draw their Shema research. One child told another the story of Purim while they worked in Yetzirah. We enjoyed each other and our Jewish learning!

What is it like to say the שמע in a group that’s praying?

From a first grader: “I felt like I was singing alone, except listening to others.” What a powerful expression of what it’s like to be connected to other Jews through the words of the שמע! Today for our שמע research, Nitzanim went into the Chapel to experience the שמע with a group in prayer. We prepared …

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More שמע Research (We’re Loving It!)

Here we are, looking for clues. Does our mystery page have the same שמע as in the Torah? And here are the results of our research, as recorded by a first grader and a kindergartener. Translation: Our first clue is that BOTH the Torah and our mystery page have a big ע at the end …

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Finding the Shema

Today, the Shorashim learners continued their hunt for the Shema by visiting the Rodefei Tzedek chapel. We found it written in the Torah! Each child took a turn standing and reading the Shema alongside Morah Shif. Many learners were able to recognize and point to the letters that spell “Shema”–“shin,” “mem,” and “ayin.” Now we …

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Using the שמע to connect to עם ישראל

Today, the kids approached Jewish grown-ups to ask them whether or not they knew the שמע. By learning more about the Jewish people around them, the kids begin to connect with the concept of a “Jewish community” that is both local and global–otherwise known as עם ישראל (am yisrael  – the people of Israel). We …

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We’re שמע Researchers

To be a שמע researcher, you have to know and be able to do a lot of things. Nitzanimers can do them all. First – We had to figure out what researchers do (it was a new word for some of us!). Second – We made a list of everything we know already about the שמע. …

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