This Week @ YLS

News and Updates from Yeshiva Lab School

Big image

A Message from the Principal

In פרשת כי תבוא Hashem commands B’nei Yisrael “ולקחת מראשית כל פרי האדמה”, to “take the first of all the fruit of the earth” (פרק כו פסוק ב).


There are many reasons given as to why ּB’nei Yisrael is commanded to bring their first fruits. The Torah itself suggests in פסוקים ט–י that man brings his first fruits to Hashem in exchange for Hashem bringing us into the the promised land - ארץ ישראל. In other words, this is a concrete way for B’nei Yisrael to show gratitude for something that they really cannot reciprocate. The Rambam writes that the accompanying process of proclaiming the kindness and goodness of Hashem is to remind B’nei Yisrael in times of comfort of their previous experiences of suffering and distress when they were slaves. The Abravanel suggests that by bringing the first fruits, a man was being made to humble his selfish passions by giving to Hashem what was his most treasured possession.

As an educator, I am often struck with the awe by the ultimate Educator, Hashem, and the approach that He uses to teach us, his children. When studying these pesukim as well as the reasons given for why the ceremony was commanded as it was, it makes one think about truly impactful and meaningful learning. What all the commentators share is a sense that this very concrete, real and active experience of a person taking their first fruits and giving them to Hashem is meant to help B’nei Yisrael internalize complex and abstract feelings and ideas.


If this is how Hashem teaches B’nei Yisrael, then certainly we must do the same in teaching our children. Last week at YLS we focused on the mitzvah of mezuzot. We did not just learn about it in the abstract, we actually hung the mezuzot together as a class. When learning about numbers we went on a math walk and found numbers that exist in our world. We did not just talk about the fact that we are a new school in a new building but we are working together as a class to create a chanukat habayit for our school.


Taking abstract concepts and creating concrete, real and active experiences results in impactful and meaningful learning at Yeshiva Lab School each and every day.


Shabbat Shalom,


Becky Troodler

Explorations

Shofar Making

On Tuesday, Chabad visited YLS and taught the students all about shofarot.....

Theater

This week was a busy one for our budding actors. After reading a story about fish, they decided that they just had to bring it to life in a theatrical performance. We captured a bit of the action in the video below.
YLS Theater

Celebrations

Birthdays

This week we celebrated Rafi Krumbein's 6th birthday...

Yamim Noraim

We spent a great deal of time this week preparing for the upcoming Yamim Noraim. In the STEAM lab we experimented with leather as a means of understanding what types of shoes we can and cannot wear....
Big image

Upcoming Events

Parent Orientation

Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 9pm

Yeshiva Lab School

Don't miss our first Back to School Night!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Learning @ the Lab

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 7pm

Yeshiva Lab School

Come hear all about our pedagogical principles!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Open Sukkah

Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 3:30-5:30pm

Grasmere Road

Bala Cynwyd, PA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.