One afternoon, about two weeks prior to Purim, the fourth graders informed me that they were planning a “MOCK” wedding out on the playground. They explained that the whole class was included. As a teacher, and a parent of one of the fourth graders, I decided to seek guidance on how to handle the situation. After speaking with the Jewish Studies teachers, the Head of Schools, and the Rabbi, we made the decision to turn this into a learning experience for the class, and of course, a little bit of FUN for Purim. Rabbi Olitzky came to the class to share all of the wonderful traditions of a typical Jewish wedding. The students learned all about the Chuppah, the breaking of the glass, the Ketubah, the Kabbalat Panim, The Groom’s Tisch, the Bedecken, the Seven Circles, and the Kiddushin. We all learned so much, including myself. We decided to plan our own “MOCK” wedding on Purim. Everyone would be in costume and the Rabbi and the Hazzan would join in the festivities. The students prepared for all the traditions, and had a great time doing so. Check out our video from this unique, unplanned learning adventure.
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