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session 5 10/24/18

Mrs. Copel and Mrs. Smith

Today the students interviewed each other a bit to learn things they didn't know before. Many found they have passions in common - drumming, reading, sports and so on.

We reviewed vocabulary for the V'ahavta and some of us explored building words with the Hebrew word for 'house' in them. Why? Because the V'ahavta includes instructions to say the words of the Sh'ma in your house and to post the words of the "Sh'ma' on the 'doorposts of your house'. Hence the mezuzzah!

Cantor Fogelman helped us rehearse our V'ahavta chant and song in preparation for the Nov 2 Sixth grade shabbat.

You can still sign up for the Perfect Potluck dinner beforehand.

If you haven't done so already, please send in the permission slips for the Hebrew in Harmony that Roberta emailed to you previously.

NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK, October 31st.


Shalom Kitah Vav Parents-

In Judaica class, we began to explore how the Jews of Israel responded to the challenge of Hellenism by using different strategies: resistance, assimilation and adaptation. We also discussed temptations that existed for Jews to adopt Hellenistic ways.

As in introduction to this unit and to help make it relevant to present day, we imagined the following hypothetical scenario: A new principal in school required all students to wear orange and blue to school everyday. We divided in 3 groups: resist (ignores the rule), assimilate (follows the rule) or adapt (compromise). Each group was asked to come up with an explanation in support of their position. (I.e. Resisters - don't want to give up their individuality; Assimilate - Don't want to stand out or be labeled as trouble makers; Adaptors - Want to get along and show respect but don't want to completely lose their individuality).

We defined key terms and historical figures related to this time period such as Alexander the Great, Hellenism, resistance, assimilation, adaptation and Septuagint - the written Greek translation of the Torah.

We concluded with debating the question: "Should the entire Shabbat prayer service be conducted in English?" The first group represented the all-English position, the second group represented the part-English / Part-Hebrew position, and the third group represented the All-Hebrew position.

Our class service is on November 2 at 7:00 pm, with a potluck supper at 5:45 pm. Please go on Perfect Potluck beforehand to share what you are bringing for dinner.

Just a reminder that there are no classes next Wednesday, October 31st.

Shavua Tov,






Laura Copel

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