For the last two weeks, we’ve been studying Sukkot and Simchat Torah. We learned that there are three important mitzvot for Sukkot: dwelling in a sukkah, shaking the lulav and etrog, and being happy! We also learned the history behind why we dwell in a sukkah, and how it’s about more than just spending time there. We are supposed to eat, read, study, and even sleep in a sukkah! This helps us remember that the Jewish people had to live in sukkot for forty years while they were wandering through the desert. It also helps us appreciate what we have today.
We had a great time at our Sukkah Hop last week! The second and third graders were divided into three groups, and the middle schoolers led games and activities!
In class, we discussed that during Simchat Torah, we finish reading the Torah and start reading it again.
On Friday, we joined the synagogue minyan for an activity called “the beating of the willows!” We carefully beat willow branches against the ground as a symbol of releasing our sins. The kids enjoyed this ritual very much!
In Math class, we have been comparing numbers, using the greater than and less than symbol.
If we haven’t already, we will be contacting you soon about your child’s parent/teacher conference.
We are looking forward to a full, five-day week!
Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka