Questions for the Ride Home

Questions for the Ride Home

KWhat sound does Shin make? What was written on the stone tablets? (Ten Commandments)
1-2What sound does the letter Mem make? What are some words that start with Mem? How were each of the animals on the ark unique, and what were their unique needs? How is understanding how Noach took care of the unique needs of animals similar to our understanding of how to take care of the unique needs of people? Why would God choose a Rainbow? 
3Why do we say prayers/brachot? What can we say brachot for? What are some examples of non-kosher foods?
4What are the blessings for Shabbat and the ritual objects that go along with the blessings
5-6Ask your student how they understand the Book of Ruth. Ask your student what it means that we both remember and observe Shabbat.
7How does being grateful affect your mood? What is the Akeida (The binding of Isaac) about? How do you feel about how Abraham, Isaac and God behaved in this story?
HSShould violence conducted to honor G-D and defend a Jewish state still be considered violence? (reference to assassination of Israeli Prime Minister in 1995 for beginning peace keeping efforts with Arab neighbors). 
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Questions for the Ride Home

Suppose the title should be “Questions for the Dinner Table”. Different issue than last week yet the results for you were the same. These questions are always posted to the blog during school on Sunday so feel free to go directly to the blog if your email doesn’t come.

KWhat sound does the hebrew letter tav make? What happened when Moses held his staff over the sea?
1-2Who was Adam and Eve? What happened to them? Why was the snake “evil”? What does it mean to “trick” someone? What is the Tree Of Life (TORAH!!) and why is it important? What is Betzelem Elokim (being made in the image of Hashem)? 
3What is the Shema? Why is it important? What is a gift you could give to be closer to G_d? 
4What is the blessing formula? (Baruch atah adonai, elohainu melech haolam…)  What are you thankful for? Can you tell me one blessing you know/learned today?
5-6Who is Ruth? Why is she an important Biblical figure to know about? 
7What is the main theme of Ashrei?  What is the Cain and Abel story? What did they learn about the story that they had never heard before?
HSWhy do you think integrating Judaism and cultural values into a secular community continues to be a challenge for Jews?
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Questions for the Ride Home

Sorry this is late. Technical difficulties (i.e., the computer did exactly what I told it to do….)

KWhat sound does Bet make? How did people help baby Moses?
1-2What is Torah? Why should we read the Torah? What “sacred” items do you have in your life? Etz Chayim Hi: Being a tree that is always growing and learning! 
3What does k’dushah mean? What is holy to you, to our family, and in Judaism?
4When should you say a blessing?  What are you grateful for? Promote  a sense of gratitude for food, natural wonders, shabbat and mitzvot.
5-6What is the Tanakh? How many sections are there in the Hebrew Bible? What does K’tuvim (writings) mean?
7What does “ashrei” mean and why would there be a prayer about how we feel in God’s house?  What was Abraham’s journey about? In what way is your life a journey?
HSWhat secular and religious practices exist in your home (if any). If not, how would you like that to be different? What age group/role do you want to serve in the school this year? Kindergarten vs. 6th grade, etc. Why this age group? What role do you want to serve in the classroom? Why?

Judaism Lesson Overview

KMiriam & MosesIn our own lives we can choose how we allow others to be treated.  We can watch while people or family members get hurt or we can try to help others lead happy and healthy lives.
1-2Introduction: What Is Torah?How is the story of Torah different that other stories I might read, and how is it the same? How is the Book of Genesis like a journey? What do I have in common with the people in the Torah?
3Introduction to Vayikra/Leviticus Parashat K’doshim:  HolinessWhat does k’dushah/holiness mean?  What people, places, actions and things are Kadosh/holy?
4Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and the B’ritWhat is Am Yisrael?  What is Eretz Yisrael?  What is the bri’t that connects Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and God?  In addition to exploring these concepts, this lesson introduces the skills necessary to find citations in the Bible.
5-6Introduction to K’Tuvim/WritingsWhat is K’tuvim/Writings?  What type of literature is found in K’tuvim/Writings?  How did God reveal God’s self to our ancestors and how does God reveal God’s self to us today?
7Lech L’cha:  The Journeys We TakeWhat is the journey Abraham is asked to take?Why would Abraham want to take such a journey?  What blessings can Abraham expect to receive and what are the things he might be afraid of?
HSThe Birth of Our People, Monotheism and the Early IsraelitesToday we are guided by the same core ethical values as our ancestors.  Our ancestors’ ability to balance the need for change with their commitment to Jewish tradition continues to inspire us.

K-3 Hebrew Lesson Overview

LetterTransliteration & TranslationWord of the DayTransliteration & TranslationLesson
בֵּית כְּנֶסֶת
House (bayit)
Synagogue(Bayt Kenesset)

1-2בּ ת תּ  Bet, Tav, Tavבַּת מִצוָהבַּר מִצוָהתוֹרָהBat Mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah
3בּ ת תּ ש
patah kametz
Bet, Tav, Tav, Shin
Vowel “ah”

4-7 Hebrew Lesson Overview

MannabergBrachot (blessings for food and Shabbat)Blessings are a daily part of Jewish life.
SchickerKiddushRead the Kiddush correctly.  Recognize the root of קדשׁ and find it in the prayer.  Understand how melody can help connect us to the meaning of a prayer.
SpivakAshreiRead and understand the opening lines of Ashrei.  Discuss how being content can lead to happiness.
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