We missed y’all very much and are glad to be back —safe and sound!!! Hope that your fast was meaningful and easy……and the hurricane didn’t cause too many problems!
And now (no time to catch your breath!!) ………………..
חג שמח Chag Sameach! Happy Holiday! This week, starting on Sunday evening, 10/16, will be the holiday of סוכות Sukkot.
Please come to services during the holiday or at least eat a meal in a Sukkah or visit the BIG Sukkah at the Center and see our beautiful fruit hanging!!
חג הסכות Chag HaSukkot! The Holiday of Sukkot is one of our favorites! We will celebrate all 8 days!! It is a wonderful,busy time of year in the Jewish calendar and we hope it is even more enjoyable with our students singing and reading!! Even though there seems to be little class time, at home our lessons are reinforced by reviewing!!
Especially fun will be our Sukkah Hop on Thursday, Oct. 20th
Thanks to those who will be driving…. we always could use more!! Once again, thanks to our drivers!!! Couldn’t hop without you!!
אורחים Orchim Guests We will be guests in several sukkot and and we say a BIG תודה רבה Todah Raba to our hosts in advance!
מינים 4 Arbaah Minim the 4 species of the holiday that we shake are:
אתרוג etrog citron (like a lemon)
לולב lulav palm branch
הדס hadas myrtle branch
ערבה aravah willow branch
We learn the blessing and enjoy the shaking in all directions… God’s goodness is everywhere!
After a wonderful week of Sukkot eating, celebrating, shaking the lulav and etrog comes:
שמחת תורהה Simchat Torah Rejoicing in the Torah!! We will be marching and singing with the Torah as we begin once again from בראשית B’reisheet, Genesis. So proud of the 3 honorees at the Jacksonville Jewish Center….all are present or past Day School parents!!
שמחת תורה YES!!! This year it will be on Monday evening, Oct. 24th and Tuesday, Oct. 25th. We think that this is the best day of all to celebrate with the Torah. Don’t sit through services…. DANCE!!! We know how!!! We dance every Friday in Kitah Alef for Kabbalat Shabbat and enjoy this with ALL our teachers! What a busy and fun time of year this is!
שמח sameach happy for a boy
שמחה s’maycha happy for a girl
We are all very happy to finish the Torah and begin it again on this exuberant holiday.
פרשת השבוע Parshat HaShavua Portion of the Week
We will have a new book in our class. Each portion that is read from the Torah each week has 2 pages to enjoy. We will enjoy learning about each portion and coloring the pages. We will do this in class on Fridays and if time doesn’t permit, it will come home. Parshat HaShavua has to be returned to class the next week by Monday or Tuesday at the latest so we can work on the next portion. The new book is……
בראשית B’reisheet (In the beginning) Genesis is our first book of Torah portions and each week we will read along with the rest of the Jewish world the portion of the week. WE LOVE LEARNING TORAH!!!
אריאות Ariyot Get ready….. a new letter and a new book is here!!!
(Sorry that this is such a long blog….. but trying to keep you up with our holidays and regular classwork.)
We are beginning our new book of————
אריאות Ariyot WOW!!!! It is green!! Halleluyah!!
(Please remember the homework is to READ with your child!!! )
ו The letter vav continues to surprise us! We love meeting:
אדון בלון Adon Balon Mr. Balloon and the always changing balloon that is
ורוד Varode pink! (In this word, it is not only a letter but also a vowel!!)
Please note that this letter can be found linking words as the word AND!!!
אבא ואמא Aba V’Ema Father AND Mother
שחר ושרונה Shachar V’Sharona Shachar AND Sharona