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מכת דבר

In Jewish Studies we learned about the plague of cattle disease. God started the plague. The Egyptians were affected by this plague because all of their cattle died. I thought the plague lasted for a month and so did the parshanim (פרשנים). No cattle died where the Israelites lived. Pharoh’s heart hardened and he didn’t let the Israelites go. I wonder if some of the  Israelites’ cattle were about to die, God would make them live until after the plague.

מכת בכורות

 In Jewish Studies we learned about the plague of death of the first born. God started the plague. It started at midnight. Before the plague started the Egyptians were told to give their gold and valuables to the Israelites. All the first born died from the poorest to the wealthiest like Pharaoh. The Israelites were told to put lamb’s blood on their doors so the angel of death would pass over them.

מכת חושך

In Jewish Studies we learned about the plague of darkness. It lasted for three days.  Where the Israelites (ארץ גושן) lived there was still light. Moshe asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. Pharaoh said that they could leave but they had to leave their animals. Moshe said that if they weren’t allowed to bring their animals they wouldn’t leave at all. Pharaoh got angry and told Moshe that if he came to him one more time, Pharaoh would have Moshe killed. Pharaoh’s heart hardened and he didn’t let the Israelites go.

מכת ברד

In Jewish Studies we learned about the plague of hail. Moshe started the plague by throwing his hands in the air and hail came down. The parshanim (פרשנים) thought that it lasted for a month. The plague affected the Egyptians their plants and animals because the plants caught on fire. Pharaoh’s heart hardened and he didn’t let the Israelites go. In the ice there was fire but the ice didn’t melt. (יש אש על הקרח והקרח לא לנמס) רשי said that the ice and the fire made peace and it was a miracle in a miracle. (רשי אומר שהקרח והאש עושים שלום וזה נס בתוך נס) Pharaoh said that he sinned(פרעוה אמר פעם אחת שהוא חטא)

Parshat Shmot

My parsha was Shmot. It is about the life of Moshe that was my Hebrew summary. My English summary was about when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. My activity was a trivia about my parasha.

מכת דם

   In Jewish Studies we are learning about the ten plagues. We just finished learning about the first plague blood. I thought the plague lasted for three days but in class we learned it lasted for a week. Ahoron started the plague by touching the staff in the Nile river. Moshe didn’t want to start the plague because the Nile saved his life and he didn’t want to watch it turn to blood. This plague affected all of the crops, animals and the Egyptian  people.  When the Nile turned to blood all of the fish died and the river smelled terrible. This plague made Pharoh angry and hardened his heart. I wonder if it rained during the plague, and if it did, when the rain hit the ground did it turn to blood?

My Jewish Studies Goals

My Jewish studies goal are to write more complex sentences and to improve in Torah trope. img_0662

The First Passover and Generational Passover

imageIn Jewish studies we learned about the first Passover and generational Passover. We read a book about 4 kids that went back in time when בני ישראל were slaves in Egypt and witnessed the first Passover Seder. Then they came back for their Seder.

In class we compared the differences between the first Passover and generational Passover. We were assigned to create a project based on the story we read. My summary was two kids were helping set up the Passover table when…

Esther’s Problem

In Jewish Studies we relearned the Purim story. This time we read the problems the advice and solutions. My project is a 6 paged Wixie with Queen Esther’s problem. She doesn’t know whether she should tell the king she’s Jewish. Four of her servants give her advice. Then she makes her decision.

חגי תשרי

In the fall this year, we learned about the High Holidays. In past years, we learned about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. We were taught that on Rosh Hashana, we dip apples in honey for a sweet New Year. We also throw bread in the water. The bread represents the bad things we did in the past year. This is called tashlich. In past years, we learned that on Yom Kippur, we fast, because it’s a mitzvah. I personally think it’s hard to fast, but I look forward to the break fast. Also, we wear white because white is a clean color. On Sukkot in past years, we learned that a Sukkah has to have at least three walls and the roof should be made out of leaves or bamboo.  You have to be able to see the stars.

On Yom Kippur this year, we learned the seven steps of repentance הבנה,הפסקה,חלתה, חרתה, סליחה,הבטחה,הצלחה. On Sukkot this year we learned about the four species representing people. Torah is taste, and smell is good deeds. We also learned about kosher Sukkahs,  and when we have to sit in a Sukkah. We took a test on the holidays and I got a B+.