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February 5, 2023

Students learned to read with the Hebrew letter “Nun” and Nun Sofit” today. Students rotated through three stations where they read lines of Hebrew aloud, wrote Hebrew sounds and words on mini white boards, and read Hebrew flashcards aloud. In Judaic Studies, we celebrated Tu B’Shvat (the birthday of the trees) by experiencing a model seder. Our seder revolved around the four seasons. We ate fruits with a hard exterior (oranges) and discussed how it is important not to judge a book by its cover; we ate fruits with a pit (apricots and nectarines) and discussed items that start small and grow bigger and more important; we ate fruits that can be eaten whole (grapes) and discussed when we feel truly happy; we smelled spices (cinnamon) and discussed how we must appreciate what we cannot see. We also discussed the many things that trees give us and watched a video about story of Honi and the Circle Maker that taught the importance of planting trees and taking care of our environment so it will be here for future generation. We also learned the chorus of the prayer “Lecha Dodi” and practiced singing all of the Kabbalat Shabbat prayers that we will lead at our class Shabbat on March 17th.

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