Mrs. Schleicher's Schmooze
Mrs. Schleicher's & Ms. Rosenberg's Newsletter 11/16-11/24
Weekly Note from Mrs. Schleicher
What Did We Learn This Week?
Our first time studying in our chavruta went very well. Though at first the experience seemed a bit foreign to the class, with time and my support they were able to have some great discussions. We read Exodus 1:8-14, as a class as well as in our chavruta, with a focus on the difference between the Pharaoh of Joseph and the new Pharaoh. Specifically, the treatment of the Jews by each of the Pharaohs. We also took note and spoke about B’nei Yisrael and their evolution from the Children of Israel (Jacob) into a nation.
This week’s lesson focused on the work of a Sofer (Torah scribe). We learned about the customs and Jewish laws associated with this position of writing the Torah. This skill of writing Torah scrolls comes with many years of practice, however to experience what it may be like to write in Hebrew with a quill and ink we tried it out ourselves. It was very eye opening to the students and I think they gained a new appreciation for the skill as an art form. They began with some practice and then tried to write their Hebrew names. Yes, with a quill and pot of ink! It was a lovely experience for all involved. Here are some facts we learned about the Sofer:
1.) This position / skill is traditionally passed through family lines or one attends a special school.
2.) A Sofer may not write from memory and must say each word aloud before writing it.
3.) In traditional Judaism a Sofer is usually a man, but can be a woman.
4.) The Torah contains 304, 805 letters.
5.) The Sofer’s name always remains anonymous.
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving break!
Dear 2nd grade parents,
In Hebrew class, these past 2 weeks, we practiced the cursive letter ש (shin) with the verbs: יוֹשֵׁב(sitting), שָׁר (singing).
We read a related story and answered comprehension questions in writing about it.
We practiced saying “thank you” -- תודה in Hebrew.
Going into the Thanksgiving holiday, here is an app you may want to consider using with your child while on vacation:
Heb cursive – fun way to practice writing Hebrew cursive letters:
Shabbat shalom and happy thanksgiving,
11/24- December lunch orders due
11/25-27- Thanksgiving holiday, no school
12/4- All School Rock Shabbat
12/7- Siddurim need to be turned into me (we will put a plastic cover on it unless yours is already stitched on it)
12/8- 2nd grade Hanukkah party, 1:45-3 (parents invited)
12/11- Kabbalat HaSiddur-8-10:30 AM
12/18-Noon Dismissal and beginning of Winter Break
1/4- School Resumes from winter break
1/29- our class leads Kabbalat Shabbat
4/19- our class' Passover Seder
Spirit Days next week....
Monday 11/30 University Day
Tuesday 12/1 Head to Toe in your favorite color
Wednesday 12/2 Dress like your favorite story book character
Thursday 12/3 Dress up in your furriest, funniest and friendliest monster attire
Friday 12/4 Spirit Wear – Jeans or Davis Uniform Bottoms with any Davis top