Fourth Grade Jewish Studies Den Blog - October

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Fourth grade is having so much fun in Jewish Studies!! We just started our Havdallah unit, and we are already learning new vocabulary words and a niggun – wordless prayer – which we will sing each Monday to separate Shabbat from our regular week. We will be creating a Havdalah set this year, along with learning how to lead the prayers, which will be presented January 30th in the evening. I’m already so impressed by your student’s interpretations of Shabbat and the secular week, and I’m looking forward to seeing where they take their learning next!


We have also started our Torah study this year, beginning with the parasha “Toledot.” This year, we will be focused on the story of Jacob and Esau and their family dynamic. We have already had great discussions about the role of prayer and God, and the impact that can have on healing. Just as Yitzhak (Isaac) prays for his wife Rivka (Rebecca) to heal so she can have children, we learned the words and meaning behind the Mishebeirach prayer, so we can feel like we have an active role in healing our loved ones. We will re-visit the meaning of this prayer in the spring during the “Human Body” unit.
Fourth Grade is also learning parts of the Hallel service, which is joyously sung on special days such as Sukkot or Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the new Hebrew month. Additionally, we will begin learning the “Tzur Yisrael” paragraph of Mi Chamocha as well as the “Vayomer” paragraph of the Shema/V’ahavta. I’m having a great time learning with Fourth grade, and I am excited to see what we will be learning this year!