March 10, 2013
With Pesach only two weeks away, we kicked our discussion into high gear! This week’s parsha tied in perfectly, following Moses and the freed slaves out of Egypt and into the desert to Mt. Sinai. The class discussed the system of judges set up by Moses’ father-in-law, Yitro, and compared it to the court system in the United States. Next, we turned our attention to the seder, discussing the order followed and the symbolism of each element. The class created an abstract seder table in preparation for our own in two weeks.
Jan. 27, 2013
Dec. 9, 2012
Dec. 4, 2012
With Hanukkah just around the corner, our discussion this week focused on the “real story” behind the holiday, with a rousing debate over the actions of Mattathias and the Maccabees after they retreated into the surrounding mountains. We also discussed how the Maccabees and their followers used dreidels as a distraction, hiding their studying of Torah from the Syrian army. Then, we made our own edible versions!
Homework: Hanukkah handout from the holiday book.
Nov. 4, 2012
Summary: We wrapped up our discussion of Shabbat this week, discussing the symbols and meaning of the end-of-Shabbat ceremony, Havdalah. In groups, the class talked about six perspectives about G-d from rabbis across North America and the UK. This sparked a great discussion about multiple belief systems, and the importance of tolerance and acceptance.
Homework: Read page 47. Complete the two handouts (pages 48 and 49). NOTE: this applies only to students in my Hebrew section. For Ivrit Aleph students, please check the IA section of the teachers pages on this website.