Hey 5 Hey – 7th grade
 
Morah Miranda Wilgus

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/14 – Today we continued to look at the issue of poverty. Students played the ‘Budget Game,’ wherein they broke up into groups and tried to make a monthly budget of $1525 for a family of 4 cover their needs, including housing, transportation, groceries, health care, and more. Students struggled to make their budget cover everything, frequently having to settle for the least expensive, and sometimes least desireable, options.

We also joined the rest of the school for pizza dinner! Great job on earning that dinner – let’s keep that attendance up and earn another dinner.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/14 – Play at least one time (or as many as you would like) www.playspent.org. This is similar to what we did in class, but in an electronic format that throws some kinks in your experience. We will discuss it next class.

Write 5 more sentences using the vocabulary we have learned in the first 4 chapters of our Hebrew book. Continue to read Hebrew aloud for at least 15 minutes a day and work with online Hebrew resources for at least 45 minutes a week.
Have a great Thanksgiving!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/7 – Today we discussed poverty and hunger and the direct commandments Judaism has to help us alleviate these problems. We discussed the Holiness Code outlined in the Torah in the book of Leviticus. The code starts off with the commandment to not harvest the edges of your fields or to pick up gleanings (those crops that have been harvests that may fall on the ground) and leave those for the poor and the stranger.

We discussed how people around the world, including here in the U.S., that do not know where their next meal will come from. We also learned some interesting statistics. According to some reports, poverty as a plague could be ended for approximately the same amount that people in the U.S. and Europe spend on pet food in a year.

We discussed ways in which we can abide by the holiness code today, when very few of us are farmers. Suggestions included donating food to a food pantry, purchasing groceries during the holiday season that are set aside for those in need and more.

We also had a great tefillah with Rabbi Prass and the rest of the school.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/7 – Continue reading Hebrew out loud at least 15 minutes each day, and work with online resources for 45 minutes before our next class. Write 5 more sentences using the vocabulary we have learned so far.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/24 – Today we discussed identifying with the suffering of others. We learned how Moses had to learn to do this in an effective way, and that this took time. We discussed why this should be a Jewish value and how it can help us with the work of Tikun Olam – repairing the world, as well as ways in which we can work to pay closer attention to what is going on around us.

We also reviewed chapter 2 Hebrew vocabulary and practiced putting it into practical use.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/24 – Continue to read Hebrew aloud for at least 15 minutes a day and work with online resources for at least 45 minutes before our next class. Also, write 10 different sentences using the vocabulary we have learned so far, paying attention to correct gender use of the words.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/17 – Today we continued to learn about Tikkun Olam – repairing the world. We discussed what would comprise our perfect community, and why those things students included were important. We learned that the Torah tells us not to stand idly by when someone is in danger and discussed ways to do that. We learned that Rabbi Tarfon acknowledged that the task to repair the world is enourmous and we are not expected to do it alone, but neither are we free to abstain from it. We illustrated puzzle pieces with ways to repair the world and put them together to make a whole picture on ways to make the world a better place.

We also joined the rest of the school for Tefilah with Rabbi Prass.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/17 – Continue to read Hebrew aloud at least 15 minutes a day, and work with online resources for 45 minutes before our next class. If you have not finished the exercises in Chapter 2 of your Hebrew book, please do so before the next class.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/10 – Today we discussed the Jewish tradition of Tikun Olam – repairing the world.

We also continued with our Hebrew lessons, beginning Chapter 2.

In addition, Rabbi Prass offered an attendance challenge – if students achieve consistent 75% attendance for a set number of weeks, they will earn an opportunity to go to Pizza Dinner.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/10 – Complete the exercises in Chapter 2 of your Hebrew book – pages 12-15. Continue to read Hebrew aloud for 15 minutes a week and work with online resources 45 minutes before next class.

Here are some online resources:
The J Site: http://j.co.il/
My Jewish Games: http://www.my-jewish-games.com/
Hebrew Verbs: https://www.hebrew-verbs.co.il/
Aleph Bet on the Net: https://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~ylcflx/Aleph-Bet/index.html
Hebrew Hot Sites: https://jr.co.il/hotsites/hebrew.htm

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/3 – Today we continued to talk about tzedakah. We learned that Rabbi Maimonides thought tzedakah was so important and thought about it so much that he developed what he called a ladder of tzedakah with different levels of giving. While of course all giving is good, he ranked different actions and intentions in order according to how holy and righteous they were, starting with someone who does not give willingly or happily on the bottom and helping someone become self-sufficient and self-supporting at the top of the ladder.

We also began our Hebrew book. This year we are studying modern Hebrew as it is spoke in Israel. Our book follows a group of students as they travel to Israel and will learn together as we travel with them.

We also selected our tzedakah project for the year: Fat Cat Rescue.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/3 – Complete pages 6-8 in your Hebrew book. Read Hebrew outloud at least 15 minutes each day and work with online resources for 45 minutes before our next class.
There are number of online resources to help further your Hebrew fluency. Here are a few:
The J Site: http://j.co.il/
My Jewish Games: http://www.my-jewish-games.com/
Hebrew Verbs: https://www.hebrew-verbs.co.il/
Aleph Bet on the Net: https://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~ylcflx/Aleph-Bet/index.html
Hebrew Hot Sites: https://jr.co.il/hotsites/hebrew.htm

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/26 – Today was a great first day. We discussed how we feel giving a gift and how it would be differently if that gift was something that was needed. We looked at text about Tzedakah and what it means and how it impacts our life.
We also played a Hebrew game, and Rabbi Prass joined us to shake the lulav.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/26 – Practice reading Hebrew aloud for 15 minutes a day (use your Hebrew book if needed), and think up ideas for the year’s tzedakah project.