Education – Hey Wed

9/20 Today in class we worked on:

  1. Today was a great first day.
  2. Students joined Rabbi Prass and the rest of the school for a brief assembly and then we went to class.
  3. We went over general rules and expectations, what we will be learning this year, and dove right into our lesson.
  4. Students were asked to translate and discuss the words to “Al Shlosha Devarim,” which they learned as a song in Sunday school. “The world rests on 3 things: on Torah, on Avodah (service or godly work – sometimes translated as prayer), and on Gimilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness).”
  5. We discussed what that means, how we can live up to this tractate from Pirke Avot (Ethics of our Ancestors), and why we would begin with this as our first lesson together this year – this semester we will be studying tzedakah, making the world a better place, addressing issues like hunger and poverty, and ways to make a difference.
  6. We then reviewed our Hebrew letters and vowels by playing a game and began the first chapter of our Hebrew textbook.
  7. Thanks for a great first day!

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Practice reading Hebrew out loud at least 15 minutes each day. Practice reading the dialogue in Chapter 1 – practice asking classmates you are in regular school with the questions and answers in the initial dialogue.