First Grade Jewish Studies

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Our Heritage is so rich and our first graders are getting to taste from it all!

Tefilah-prayer. The weekly Torah Portion-“parasha.” Shabbat. Holidays. Customs. Mitzvot. And even philosophy! We are very busy!

We had a blast learning about the rest of the Jewish holidays including Sukkot and Simchat Torah (feels like so long ago!). The students were able to learn hands on what qualifications make a sukkah valid or invalid and were challenged to build their own unique, yet valid sukkah.

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Simchat Torah marked the completion and renewal of the weekly Torah portion cycle and was the occasion we were waiting for to start delving in to the story of the Jewish People and the world-The text of the Torah!

Your children were ecstatic to start learning the weekly Parsha and it is currently one of our main areas of focus in JS class.

We learned that the Torah consists of 5 books and learned the Hebrew names of the books through a cute and simple song. We discussed what the Torah is and why we learn it. Aside form being an account of Jewish history, Torah, literally means “instructions.” The Mitzvot found with in the Torah are meant to be guidelines for us to achieve happy, successful and fulfilling lives.

Parashat Bereshit, the first chapter of the first book, starts Wayyy at the “Begining” with the creation of the world and the first man and woman. We learned about the first man and woman and the tree of knowledge (which is, by the way, an inaccurate translation of the Hebrew text). We learned about Kayin and Hevel,  Noah and the flood, the tower of Bable, Avraham, the promise of the land of Israel to Abraham, Yitzchak and the story of Yakov and Esav. We are currently holding at Parashat  “Toldot,”still in the first book. Next week will be parashat “Vayetzei.”

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I have been asked to send a link to a summary of the weekly Torah Portion and will start to do that next week.

Lastly, we have begun to speak about the Land of Israel as the home of the Jewish people. This will be another unit of study within our JS class.

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I am so glad to be teaching your children!

Best Wishes,

Morah Yonit