Ms. Lindsay's Class Recap - 9.14.14

Yom Kippur

Our Lesson

Today's lesson was all about Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement, and it is considered to be one of the holiest and most solemn days of the year. We observe this day by fasting (if past Bar/Bat Mitzvah age and healthy) and praying in synagogue. We think about how we have treated others and how we have acted as Jews, and we hope that we can continue to improve and learn from our experiences.

We began the day learning the story of Jonah and the Whale and related the story to our own lives, discussing how there are always consequences to our actions. We are rewarded with good behavior and have things taken away when we don't behave.

Our Hebrew letter of the day was Bet, and the key word was "Bayit," which is the Hebrew word for "House." We were able to incorporate this nicely into our lesson, talking about creating Shalom Bayit (peace in the home) through our actions!

Our Special - Library!

...and the Mitzvah Mania Reading Program

In Library, Ms. Jayma read us two great books - Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride and How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round. She also introduced us to the Mitzvah Mania Reading Program. Each student who completes 4 books and fills out and returns the short report will get to participate in a pizza party at the end of the year! The reports will be sent home with each book checked out, so please check your child's library book bag, and send back the completed form along with the book!

When we got back to class, we wrapped up our lesson about Yom Kippur with one final book - The Hardest Word. We learned that "Sorry" is the most important word to say on Yom Kippur (and all year round!), but it is usually the hardest to say. It is equally important to forgive others, so as we all move into the new year ahead, we'll all aim to become better versions of ourselves.

See you next week!

Lindsay & Leah