Shalom Kitah Vav (6th-grade) Families,
It’s a virtual world, and although we are online and not physically together, we are grateful for technology that continues to bring us together to learn, pray, and play.
If you made a Visual Midrash project during our time apart--gathering information and creating a visual from your personal Torah and Haftarah portions--we encourage you to share your work with your classroom during our Zoom sessions. Let your teachers know when you are ready to share.
Ivrit-Hebrew and Practice
We encourage you to continue to practice Hebrew reading at least 20 minutes a week from a Tikkun, Siddur, or text that we email to you, or from additional Hebrew sources that you may have.
We sang the Shehecheyanu, Shema Blessings, and answered a variety of questions in Hebrew. We’ve viewed “Jewish Journeys: Participating in the Torah Service Part 1”, the Bar Mitzvah scene from “A Serious Man”, and have had interactive discussions about these videos. The Torah Service highlights ancient tradition and connects us to Jews around the world. We are all together even when we’re separated. Bar Mitzvah Live or Virtual? What would you prefer?
We commemorated Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memroial Day) through the lens of the music video of “Eli Eli”, highlighting the heroism of Hannah Senesh during the Shoah. We discussed the meaning of the star, and shared personal prayers for the community. We explored aspects of “anti-semitism” and “propaganda”, and considered the story of Anne Frank in the context of our current sense of physical isolation.
This week we also commemorated Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day for Soldiers as well as those that lost their lives for Israel) and celebrated Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Israel’s Independence Day together.
We hope you are all healthy and well!
Rabbi Daniel Ettedgui
Morah (Teacher) Schear