January 28- February 4, 2019

Kitah Gimmel had some fun with Hebrew letters last week! After reviewing Aleph-Bet through yoga, the class put their knowledge to the test in a game of “Shimon Omer” (Simon Says).

This past weekend was filled with light and new experiences! On Saturday evening Kitot Gimmel and Dalet led us in Ma’ariv and Havdalah and on Sunday Kitah Zayin participated in the World Wide Wrap, an event encouraging men and women to unite in prayer and put on tefillin.

Tzedek in Parashat Mishpatim:

Really, more laws? Aren’t the Ten Commandments all we really need?

If you were closely following along in synagogue during the Torah reading this past Shabbat, your eyes may have glazed over while reading all the laws received by the Israelites. However, many of these laws encourage us to live a just and meaningful life. Some of the laws feel reminiscent of the list, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” in that they are seemingly elementary. However, they are powerful reminders of how we should treat others, especially those that are vulnerable, such as the stranger, widow, and orphan.  Showing others compassion and understanding is at the heart of many of these laws.

Some questions for consideration:

To what extent do the detailed rules in Mishpatim help us to better understand the Ten Commandments?

Discuss with your family the ways in which we can show compassion towards the vulnerable members of our community.


Tzedek in Parashat Terumah:

Now that we have this precious gift of the Ten Commandments, where do we keep it?

After God concludes the laundry list of laws, there comes yet another list. This one includes specific instructions to build a dwelling place for God’s presence. Morah Julie spoke about the building of the Tabernacle with Kitah Aleph (1st grade), and likened the process to putting together a piece of furniture from IKEA. You wouldn’t just empty out all the pieces and try to put it together. You need detailed instructions, which you must read carefully.  You also need to identify each piece and put it together in just the right order to ensure that the structure is built firmly and securely for proper safekeeping of our treasures. Similarly, as the Israelites received these instructions, they carefully and endearingly brought gifts to the Tabernacle, “…each person whose heart moves them in a giving way” (Exodus).

Another question for consideration:

Why do you think the language in the Torah suggests that the Israelites bring that what moves them rather than each bringing the same?

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