The Alefbet letter of the week is Alef and the words for the week are Ah-bah/father, Ee-mah/mother and Ee-lan/tree.
After morning songs the students learned that Rosh Hashanah is head of the Jewish new year. The students learned that this holiday is also considered the beginning of creation of man (Adam) and woman (Eve). It is also a time when we reflect over the past year and decide which deeds made us feel good and which deeds made us fee bad. We learned that the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are called the “Days of Awe”. During this time we need to apologize for everything we did that was wrong. The class discussion covered the shofar this week. We learned that only a Kosher animal horn can be used for a shofar. We do not kill the animals to get their horns; we wait until it falls off of their heads. We learned that Rosh Hashanah is referred to as the Day of the Shofar. The shofar is over 3,000 years old. When we hear its sound we are suppose to face all the bad things we did last year and return to good. This is called Yom Teshuvah. We discussed what some of those bad things that we might have done would be and how to never do them again. We also discussed that the three things Rosh Hashanah stands for are Teshuvah (RETURN), Tefillah (PRAYER) and Tzedakah (JUSTICE for those in need). The students tasted apples and honey for our study of the Rosh Hashanah holiday. The students created an apple centerpiece for the holiday. We heard the stories, “The Bee Tree” by Patricia Polacco, “Days of Awe” by Eric Kimmel and “A Sweet Year” by Mark Podwel. To end our class the students enjoyed a game of hide and seek by looking for the apple hidden in the classroom.