This week Grade 6 worked on their holiday assignment. Many of the students know about the Chagim (holidays) but are not aware where the laws, customs, and traditions are derived from. We introduced the Shulchan Aruch, Rambam, and other Talmudic type sources.
The students will be presenting their findings to the whole class.
An amazing week!!! The students started to present their case studies. One student discussed, according to Judaism, what is our responsibility towards individuals in need. Are there charitable organizations we should prioritize?
Another case study focused on Tattoos. If one survives a life-threatening illness can one celebrate life with a Tattoo? If grandchildren of Holocaust survivors want to tattoo their grandparents’ numbers on their arms, is that acceptable?
I look forward to the rest of the presentations upon our return.
The 8th graders are learning about the Torah She’bal Peh. For future assignments, the students will have the ability and skills to understand how Jewish law evolved and continues to evolve. The first project we will be focusing on are the laws of Channukah: what miracle do we commemorate, why light 8 candles and why do we light in a certain direction.
Chag Sameach and Good Yor (a phrase we say after and during Yom Kippur)
This week we learned about the Jewish Laws of Yom Kippur. We also discussed upcoming projects. The students will be split into 4 groups based on interests. The groups are as follows: Parsha Play, Hiddur Mitzva (beautifying OJCS), Chagim and Tech, and Brachot.