Fourth Grade is getting into the heart of the story of Yaakov and Esav (Jacob and Esau), and we are gearing up for an exciting integration project between Judaics, General Studies, and Technology based on this story. In January we will begin learning about Midrash (Rabbinic commentary which creates stories to fill in gaps in the Torah text) in preparation for the major project – make sure to check back in with your student Ã¢â‚¬Å“next yearÃ¢â‚¬Â to find out all about it!!
Fourth grade is also extremely motivated to progress in Tefillah and learn more and more prayers each day. They constantly challenge themselves to do better and they are so enthusiastic about Tefillah. I really enjoy getting to pray with them and hear their questions about God and prayer.
Our Hanukkah learning continued the theme of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Jews around the WorldÃ¢â‚¬Â and we read several stories about Hanukkah celebrations in different countries, which was a great memory refresher for our Ã¢â‚¬ËœAshkenaziÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Ã¢â‚¬ËœSephardiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ heritages. On VIP day, students created their own Levivot (latke) recipes with their VIPs and wrote a creative story about where in the world (or in the universe, in one case!!) these levivot would be eaten!! We also looked at the theme of light vs darkness (which is great as we are also gradually learning the Havdallah ceremony to mark the end of Shabbat, when we notice the difference between the light of Shabbat and the darkness of the rest of the week, in comparison). They also learned about a classic debate between the House of Hillel and the House of Shammai – two ancient rabbinic study halls which differed on the opinion of whether to begin with one candle or eight candles!
Happy Hanukkah to all of the 4th grade families!