December Blog - 4th Jewish Studies

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Fourth grade is majorly enjoying our “Perspectives” project which helps integrate Jewish Studies with writing and technology. Each group has worked incredibly hard to re-tell the story of Jacob and Esau from the point of view of a particular character, and in a specific style or theme such as “Wild West” or “Disney.” The students are really understanding the complexity of this Torah story – what each character knew or didn’t know at certain points in the story and why this heightened emotions, the steps other characters took to protect themselves, and why the outcome was so dramatic. I’ve had so much fun watching the filming, and I can’t wait to see the final project!!

 

For Chanukah, we looked at several aspects of the holiday – light vs darkness (which ties in nicely to our year-long unit on Havdallah), the debate between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai of how many candles to light (starting with 1 vs starting with 8), and various Winter Solstice celebrations around the world.

 

I’m looking forward to continuing to learn the Havdallah ceremony with the students, as well as continuing to learn the “Vayomer” paragraph of the Shema/V’Ahavta and singing parts of the Hallel service on Rosh Chodesh and holidays! We will also move on in the Torah text after the break, and learn what happens to Jacob when he runs away from home!