First 2018 2nd grade JS Blog!

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It is great to be back in full swing after a long, refreshing winter break!

After ending the semester with an incredibly rich unit on the history, customs, and message of Chanukkah, we began the second half of the year with great excitement, as we start to plan for our Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony in March. We are trying to make special shabbat arrangements and so the date is still tentative. More information will be coming soon.

I am especially excited to celebrate this milestone with your child, as this class in particular has shown a tremendous love and excitement for our Shabbat learning over the past year and a half at AJA! It will be very special to put all the pieces of our learning together and celebrate with a Shabbat style dinner.

2nd grade continues to grapple with and grow in their Chummash Unit. They have become much more familiar and fluent in dealing with Chummash text. We had our first introduction to Rabbinical text, which assists us when we have questions on the original Chumash text. It was interesting to learn that Hashem gave Noach very specific instructions on how to build the arc. 2nd grade used the text guild-lines to see if they could successfully blueprint an arc that would meet G-ds criteria.

It has also been a pleasure to watch our 2nd graders study the parsha on an in depth but practical level, as they try to understand the lessons that are found throughout the Torah.

Some of the highlights have been exploring responsibility (from Yaakov who went back for his forgotten jugs),  the topic of faith vs. effort. (that sounds better in Hebrew :-/ from Yaakov who prayed but also took strategic steps to be safe when encountering angry Esav and his army ), and being careful about what we say (from Yosef who innocently instigated his brothers by sharing things that were slightly upsetting). We spoke about Judaisms idea of why G-d sometimes makes “bad” things happen and that G-d is with us throughout hard times (as he was with Yosef on his way down to Egypt in a carriage full of spices). We used the analogy of a parent giving their child medicine (not the yummy pink one, the gross purple one!); While it seems awful to the unknowing child, it is actually solely for their good!

I am looking forward to another learning and growth filled month!

Morah Yonit