מכת דבר

In Jewish Studies, we are learning about each plague. Right now, we are learning about the 5th plague; the plague of livestock (מקנה) disease. In the 5th plague, all the Egyptians’ livestock contracted a disease, and eventually died. But, none of the Israelites’ livestock died.

We do not know how long this plague lasted, but most people think the plague lasted for a month. Previously, Aaron started the plagues, but this time, Moshe started the plague. The plague affected the  Egyptians and their livestock because ALL of the animals died. Nowadays, people wouldn’t mind so much if their cows, sheep, and camels died because, well, we can go to the grocery store, and the mall if we needed clothes or food. But back then, if you wanted meat, you would need a cow, and if you didn’t have a cow, no meat for you! If you needed new clothes your sheep could not provide wool. Lastly, if you needed to go somewhere very urgently, you would need a camel to ride to get to your destination. As you can probably guess, Pharoah got super mad about this plague, especially when he heard that none of the Israelites’ animals, died. What would you do if all your livestock died? What would you do for clothes, meat, and transportation?

Adjectives

In General Studies, we created a poem or a free verse. We did this by writing down a noun on a piece of paper. Next we, rotated to the right, and wrote an adjective on each person’s paper until we got back to our own seat. The hard part was that we only had about 30 seconds at each desk, so we had to think about an adjective for the noun in a really short amount of time. I thought that it was really fun because we got to see what everyone else thought about our noun, instead of just using our own words. My noun was the world. I like that I chose that noun because there are son many adjectives for the world, so I got to make mine very descriptive.

מכת כינים

This week in Jewish Studies, we learned about the plague of Lice. We don’t know exactly how long this plague lasted for, but the commentaries say that unless it specifically says how long it lasted for in the parsha, it probably lasted for a month. Aaron started the plague for the third time in a row! Rashi says that Aaron started the plague instead of Moshe because Aaron started the plague from the ground, and the ground saved Moshe. The ground saved Moshe because he saw an Egyptian bullying an innocent jew. That made Moshe mad, so he went over and hit the Egyptian. When he went to hit him, he accidentally killed him. So he secretly buried him in the ground, so he wouldn’t get in trouble.

Once Aaron started the plague, all the Egyptians got very itchy, not only the people got itchy, also the animals got the Lice, so every living thing in Egypt were scratching themselves! Pharaoh’s magicians tried to make the Lice appear just like Aaron, but they couldn’t. They said a very famous quote to Pharaoh when they couldn’t do it. They said: אצבע אלהים היא It means that it was G-d that made Aaron be able to make the Lice appear from the ground. That made Pharoah’s heart turned hard (which is a metaphor for being stubborn) and he did not free the Israelites.

Of the first 3 plagues, what do you think the worst plague so far has been?

We are making blogposts about each plague, if you would like to see the first two I’ve done, they’re on my blog!

 

מכת צפרדע

In Jewish Studies, we are learning all about each plague. We are also looking at what Rashi thinks about the plagues. The second plague is the plague of Frogs. Each plague I’ll be writing a blog post about, so keep your eyes peeled for 8 more posts!

The plague lasted for 1 month! Imagine frogs everywhere for 1 whole month! Aaron started the plague this time, just like last time. The plague affected the Egyptians, not the Jews. Pharaoh got very mad and asked Moses and Aaron to pray to G-d and ask him to stop the plague. But Moses wanted to show Pharaoh that his G-d was real, so he told Pharaoh that the plague would stop the next day. So, all of the frogs were dead by the next day. But there was a terrible smell in Egypt; all the dead frogs!

Then we looked at what Rashi said about the parasha. In the parasha it says that when Aaron started the plague, only one frog came out of the Nile, but in some parts of the parasha, it says the plural version of frogs. There is a Midrash that says each time an Egyptian hits a frog, 2 more would appear. Another assumption that Rashi is based on grammar. He says that only at that time it would mean that the singular and plural meaning is the same. Just like people, fish, etc. I agree with the first one.

Which one of Rashi’s opinions do you agree with?

 

מכת דם

In Jewish Studies, we are learning about each plague and each pasook (verse) of the plagues. The first plague is the plague of blood. We also learned about Rashi’s thoughts on the parashot. The plague lasted for 1 week, so the Egyptians went for a whole week without water! Wow! According to Google, that is the maximum that people can live without water.

Hashem told Moshe to tell Aaron to turn the Nile River into blood.  Why would Hashem tell Aaron to start the plague instead of Moshe? Rashi thinks that since the Nile saved Moshe when he was a baby, he shouldn’t destroy it. It goes with the quote: .בור ששתית ממנו אל תזרוק בו אבן It translates into: Don’t throw a stone into a well that gives you water. I think Hashem chose Aaron to do the first plague instead of Moshe was so that Moshe wouldn’t become arrogant and think that everyone had to respect him because he did the first plague.

The plague affected the Egyptians and the Nile. Pharoh got really mad about the plague because the Egyptians thought that Moshe and Aaron were more powerful then Pharoh. But, Phraroh was not impressed because his magicians dug up water and it was also blood, so Pharoh thought that anyone could turn the water into blood. That was one of the reasons that Pharoh did not let the Israelites go after the first plague. What are three things that you wouldn’t be able to do during this plague?

Science Lab Rocket

In Science, we made rockets out of balloons, straws, yarn/string, and tape. We did this project to learn about Newton’s Laws. We watched a video on Newton’s Laws before we started the project.

The first step was to blow up a balloon and let it go to see all of the air come out. Mrs. Jaffa said to us as we watched the balloon to try and make the balloon go forward instead of up. We watched a video on Newton’s Laws to help us get an idea of what was going on when we made our rocket. The second step was to design our rocket and answer a bunch of different questions on what our materials were, what we thought would happen, what our rocket would look like, and if it would work. Then we made the rocket. Mine was a straw with a balloon taped to it. My plan was to put my balloon on the string we used as our track and and blow up the balloon without tying it. Then I would release the balloon and all the air would come out and it would go across the string. It was not successful the first and second time I tried it and I did not get a chance to test it the the last time we had science.

What I learned from my first failure was that I had to put the tape on tighter so the balloon could make it across the string without falling off instead of just spinning around in place. If I were to do this project again I think I would blow up the balloon more so there could be more air to push the balloon across the string. It was really challenging and fun!

Here are the links to the videos we watched in science class:

 

 

3D Printed Menorah

In Jewish Studies, we created 3D printed menorahs in honor of Hanukkah. Using Tinkercad, we designed our own menorahs to have. It was hard because it could only be a certain size, or it wouldn’t work because it wouldn’t be able to print. It was really fun to make because we could personalize it however we want. We lit our menorah using LED lights, batteries, and tape. We couldn’t use real candles because the menorah is plastic, so it would melt. I think that it was really fun to make, and I hope to make more things with the 3D printer!

Parashat Vayishlach

Last week in Jewish Studies, I taught 4th and 5th grade about the parasha of the week, Parashat Vayishlach. I made two summaries, one of them was in Hebrew, and the other one was in English. I also thought of a lesson we can learn from the parasha and use in our life. I made an activity on the parasha too. My activity was to split up 4th and 5th grade in to groups of two. They would have to think of different scenarios in which you would have to say “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you”. I did that activity because in the parasha, Esav forgives Jacob. Here is my English summary:

Jacob lived in Lavan’s house for twenty years, and he wanted to move out. When he had left his parents he was all by himself, but this time he had sheep, cows, camels, four wives, and twelve children! While he was traveling, messengers informed him that his brother, Esav was angry with him and was coming with four hundred armed men. Jacob was very smart, so he made a plan. His plan was to divide his people, and animals into two groups, that way if Esav attacked one group, the other group would be able to escape. The following day, Jacob sent all different kinds of presents to Esav, hoping when they saw each other Esav wouldn’t be as mad at him. He sent cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys. Jacob took his family across a river to get to their destination. That night Jacob remembered that he left some jars by the river he passed on his way. So, he went back for them by himself. As he was getting his jars, he felt someone grab him. It was in the middle of the night; Jacob couldn’t see who it was. But the man was very strong. So Jacob wrestled the him all through the night. When Jacob started to see light, the person fighting Jacob said “Let me go. I am an angel, the guardian angel of Esav, and I must pray to God now.” Then Jacob replied “Before you go you must bless me.” The angel asked “What is your name?” Jacob replied “I am called Jacob.” The angel said “From now on you will be called Israel. You have fought with an angel, Lavan, and Esav, and you have won each battle.” Jacob came back home and and just as he was about to meet his family, he saw Esav. They both ran to greet each other, and they hugged and cried. Jacob’s plan had worked, Esav was had forgiven him and they parted happily.

My life lesson is that you should always forgive people, even if they did something bad to you.

Here is my Hebrew summary:

Sukkot-Etrog Battery

In Science class, we tested whether lemons or etrogs have more voltage and which made an LED brighter. The first thing we did once we got into Science was watch a video. It was on how to make a lemon battery using lemons, copper wire, galvanized nail, alligator clips, volt meter, and an LED light. The first part of the experiment was to roll the lemons so the acid could start flowing so it would spread throughout the lemon. After they we rolled them, we put the galvanized nail on one side and the copper wire on the opposite side because they could not be touching or else the experiment would not work. We hooked up one lemon to the other putting an alligator clip on each lemon. We had to put one side of the alligator clip on the galvanized nail on one lemon, and the other side of the clip on the copper wire on the other lemon. We kept doing that on either side until we reached the voltage meter. At first, we had no voltage, but we went on to the mini volt meter and we had about 10 mini volts. After that , we tried using an LED with the lemon we tried about every way possible, but it just did not work! We tried it with the etrog, and it instantly turned on! Everyone thought that the etrog would not work because it was not as juicy as the lemon. But it turned out that even though the etrog was not as juicy as the lemon, it still worked a LOT better.

We also played the piano with the lemons. I tried playing a song but there were not a lot of keys so it didn’t work, but it was still fun! I had so much fun doing all these things with the etrogim!