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session 7 11/14/18

Mrs. Copel and Mrs. Smith

Kita Vav Hebrew - November 14

Today we started the day with a little conversational Hebrew, asking the boys - Mah shlomcha and the girls Mah shlomech? (How are you?) Each student had to answer 'tov m'od/very good,' 'kacha kacha/okay' or 'lo tov/not good.' If they (or you!) want to learn more conversational Hebrew, go straight to

We spent the rest of the time exploring Hebrish. - writing English words with Hebrew letters - a bit deeper than last week. To model, I used Hebrew letters and vowels to write the words "Vat are you doing for Tanksgiving?" There is no "W" or "Th" sound in Hebrew.

? וָתּ אַר יוּ דֻאִינג פֹר תֵנְקסגִבִינג

The students had to respond with at least one word about Thanksgiving -using Hebrew letters for the English words, first individually and then in pairs. It was instructive and fun - especially for me as I observed them help each other figure out how to write cranberries, mashed potatoes, happiness and more. I hung the resulting sheets on the bulletin board downstairs. Here are links to the posters:



We had a session with Rabbi Jaech who told the story of Adam and Eve as an answer to one of the student's questions - "Why did God only create two people in the beginning?" Her answer - The story helps us understand that all humans are related to each other because we're descended from the same original parents.

I did not assign explicit homework over the break but encouraged them to explore more on the Behrman House website. (See my post from last week for directions. The conversational Hebrew link above would be a fine place to visit.

When we return from the break, the Hebrew classes will revisit our Brit/Behavior agreements and add Consequences so that everyone knows clearly what is expected and what will happen if they don't meet those expectations.


Laura Copel


Shalom Kitah Vav parents-

In Judaica class, we:

  • Explored the part of Jewish history when the Romans dominated Judea. We learned that the Jews of Judea were diverse in their beliefs and practices and their lack of tolerance and respect for one another led them to the verge of destruction. We also defined the term Sinat Hinam (senseless hatred)
  • Learned that the Sadducees believed that the written Torah could only be interpreted by priests and the Pharisees believed that the written Torah could be understood with oral teachings as well. The differences between the Sadducee's and Pharisees were so great that they went to civil war while ignoring the threat of the expanding Roman Empire which eventually made Judea a Roman province.
  • Took a close look at Hillel and Shammai, both Pharisees and revered teachers who often had different interpretations of the Torah. We discussed that Hillel's summary of the Torah was like a motto that expressed an important value. "What is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the entire Torah. The rest is commentary..."
  • Created and illustrated our own motto that expressed a Jewish value. Each Vavnik had the option to come to the front of the class, stand on one foot, and share his/her motto.
  • After pizza time, Rabbi Pein presented information regarding Tzedakah organizations. Each grade voted to decide what organization should receive their weekly Tzedakah.

Please note CJL is not in session November 21st.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!


Sun, June 16 2019 13 Sivan 5779