• Below are the final texts that children are exploring during our Yosef (Joseph) theme: Nursery and Kindergarten version: בְּרֵאשִׁית מ"ג Genesis 43 (Remember that there’s not enough food right now, because the land isn’t growing enough. The brothers went to Egypt and bought food from Yosef. They didn’t know he was their brother. Now the brothers and their father, Ya’akov, are almost out of food again.)  Their father said to them, “Go back and buy us a little more to  [ MORE ]

  • The children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) have been exploring the יוֹסֵף (Yosef) text, for four weeks! Each week, we have been adding new text. Meanwhile, we still remember the parts from past weeks and have even started making connections between things that happen in the newer parts and what happened earlier in the text! This week, one of the things that children have been thinking about, are the dreams that Par'oh (Pharaoh) has and Yosef's  [ MORE ]

  • Here is the Torah text that children are exploring during week 4 of our Yosef (Joseph) theme: Nursery and Kindergarten version: Genesis 42 (בְּרֵאשִׁית מב) (Remember that there’s not enough food right now, because the land isn’t growing enough. People are hungry.) Ya’akov (Yosef’s father) heard that there was food in Egypt. So Ya’akov said to his sons, “Why are you just standing there looking at each other? I heard there’s food in Egypt. Go down there and buy some  [ MORE ]

  • Here are the Torah texts that children are exploring during week 3 of our Yosef (Joseph) theme. בְּרֵאשִׁית מ Genesis 40: Nursery and Kindergarten version א)  וַיְהִי, אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, חָטְאוּ מַשְׁקֵה מֶלֶךְ-מִצְרַיִם, וְהָאֹפֶה--לַאֲדֹנֵיהֶם, לְמֶלֶךְ מִצְרָיִםב)  וַיִּקְצֹף פַּרְעֹה, עַל שְׁנֵי סָרִיסָיו--עַל שַׂר הַמַּשְׁקִים, וְעַל שַׂר הָאוֹפִיםג)  וַיִּתֵּן אֹתָם בְּמִשְׁמַר, בֵּית שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים--אֶל-בֵּית הַסֹּהַר:  מְקוֹם, אֲשֶׁר יוֹסֵף אָסוּר שָׁםד)  וַיִּפְקֹד שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים אֶת-יוֹסֵף, אִתָּם--וַיְשָׁרֶת אֹתָם; וַיִּהְיוּ יָמִים, בְּמִשְׁמָר1) A while later, the king of Egypt’s cupbearer (he was the person who  [ MORE ]

  • The children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) have been busting with interpretations about the characters from our theme, יוֹסֵף (Yosef)! This week we offered an opportunity to share our interpretations of what characters were feeling, at pivotal moments of the text. The children chose the moments and the characters as well as the feelings. We used our bodies and our faces to show the feelings and some children shared words as well. The children were  [ MORE ]

  • Children in 1st through 5th grade were offered this text this week to provide them with some context before moving on to Genesis 40. 1st-3rd grade version: א) וְיוסֵף, הורד מִצְריְמָה; וַיִקנֵהו פוטִיפַר סְריס פַרעֹה שַר הַטַבָחִים, אִיש מִצְרי, מִיַד הַיִשְמְעֵאלִים, אֲשֶר הורדהו שָמָה1) Yosef was brought down to Egypt. An  Egyptian called Potiphar, a chief guard of  Par’oh, bought him from the Ishmaelites  who had brought him there.ב) וַיְהִי יְהוָה אֶת-יוסֵף, וַיְהִי אִיש מַצְלִיחַ; וַיְהִי, בְבֵית אֲדנָיו הַמִצְרי ג) וַיַרא  [ MORE ]

  • Here is the Torah text that children are exploring during Week 2 of our Yosef (Joseph) theme. בְּרֵאשִׁית לז:יב-לוGenesis 37:12-36יב)  וַיֵּלְכוּ, אֶחָיו, לִרְעוֹת אֶת-צֹאן אֲבִיהֶם, בִּשְׁכֶם. יג)  וַיֹּאמֶר יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל-יוֹסֵף, הֲלוֹא אַחֶיךָ רֹעִים בִּשְׁכֶם--לְכָה, וְאֶשְׁלָחֲךָ אֲלֵיהֶם; וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ, הִנֵּנִי.One day, Yosef’s brothers went to Sh’chem to take care of their father’s sheep. Ya’akov, whose name was also Yisrael, asked Yosef to check on them. Yosef said, “הִנֵנִי Hineni - Sure!”יד)  וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ, לֶךְ-נָא רְאֵה אֶת-שְׁלוֹם אַחֶיךָ וְאֶת-שְׁלוֹם הַצֹּאן, וַהֲשִׁבֵנִי, דָּבָרYisrael said to  [ MORE ]

  • The children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) were so excited to start our new theme, יוֹסֵף (Yosef), this week! The very first thing we did was read Genesis 37:1-11, where we meet Yosef and his family. After listening to this torah text a few times and asking our questions, we jumped into various ways to retell the text. We acted out the text with puppets. We acted out the text with Costumes and our bodies,  [ MORE ]

  • Here is the Torah text that children are exploring during Week 1 of our Yosef (Joseph) theme. בְּרֵאשִׁית לז.א-יאGenesis 37:1-11א)  וַיֵּשֶׁב יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מְגוּרֵי אָבִיו--בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַןYa’akov lived in the land of Cana’an. This is the story of Ya’akov and all his family.ב)  אֵלֶּה תֹּלְדוֹת יַעֲקֹב, יוֹסֵף בֶּן-שְׁבַע-עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה הָיָה רֹעֶה אֶת-אֶחָיו בַּצֹּאן, וְהוּא נַעַר אֶת-בְּנֵי בִלְהָה וְאֶת-בְּנֵי זִלְפָּה, נְשֵׁי אָבִיו; וַיָּבֵא יוֹסֵף אֶת-דִּבָּתָם רָעָה אֶל-אֲבִיהֶםWhen Ya’akov’s son Yosef was 17 years old, he helped tend his father’s flocks with his  [ MORE ]

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