Grades 6 & 7

Spotlight on the Classroom (archive)

May 1, 2011
 
April 3, 2011
Our final Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Education day focused on the topic of "Tzedakah: What's 'Justice' Got to Do with It?" Talia led our program and we had a lot of fun. We learned which holidays have specific tzedakah components, the difference between tzedakah and gemilut chesed, and Maimonides' Eight Levels of Giving (Maimonides' Ladder). We also discussed the message and implication of two great quotes:
  • "There was a secret chamber in the Temple in Jerusalem where people would leave money. But the poor, those in need, could come into the same chamber and take money. No one ever knew who gave - or who took." ~Mishnah
  • "Rabbi Yannai once saw a person giving money to  a poor man in public. He said: 'it would have been better for you to give nothing, than giving as you did. You caused him embarassment.'" ~Haggigah

March 27, 2011

Our class got deep into discussion after we read a Holocaust allegory called "Terrible Things". This book, commonly used to teach children about the Holocaust, is about a group of animals living in the forest. One day, the terrible things come and start to take the animals based on features such as bushy tails or white fur. Soon, no animal is left in the forest. The students understood and respected this story and the parallel to the Holocaust was easy for them to see. The book took us into a discussion about genocide and the students were thoughtful and engaged. After recess, we read a "Huffington Post" article about the taboos of American Jewry. The students impressed me with their insight during this discussion. See you all at family education on Sunday!

 
March 20, 2011
PURIM!!!!
 
March 13, 2011
Rebecca Goodman led us in our third Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Education Day. The theme was "Putting the Mitzvah in Bar/Bat Mitzvah." After defining mitzvot, we had an opportunity to speak (child with parent) about some mitzvot that we do, some that we don't do, others that we might consider doing and even some that we'd never do! We concluded the day by creating a plan for a mitzvah we are going to incorporate into our Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
 
March 6, 2011
Rebecca Goodman led us in our third Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Education Day. The theme was "Putting the Mitzvah in Bar/Bat Mitzvah." After defining mitzvot, we had an opportunity to speak (child with parent) about some mitzvot that we do, some that we don't do, others that we might consider doing and even some that we'd never do! We concluded the day by creating a plan for a mitzvah we are going to incorporate into our Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
 
February 27, 2011
Barbara Jacobs was our substitute this week while Talia attended her DeLeT training in Los Angeles. We prepared for Purim by watching parts of a film and discussing their connections to our lives today and the history of the Jewish people.
 
February 13, 2011
Today our class discussed the special roles that animals play in our lives. Many of the students related the concept of “tza’ar ba’alei chayim” (compassion toward all living things) to their own pets. Our class studied Jewish texts and values in regards to taking important care of animals. Later, we read about and discussed the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon. Though his shuttle tragically crashed, his story lives on. Ask your child about the amazing story involving Ilan’s tiny Torah that accompanied him into space. 


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