January 30th 2015
Dear Nesharim Parents,
This week in Chumash, we looked at G-d’s creations and placed them into one of three categories: living, growing, and inanimate. One of the main purposes of this activity was to review the vocabulary.
We read a number of p’sukim from Perek Alef and Perek Bet in Sefer Bereshit, and had a discussion centering on what was created first, man or trees. We concluded that trees were created first based on the words in the Torah.
In this week’s parasha, Parashat Beshalach, we learned about Yitziat Mitzrayim, the exodus from Egypt.
Our weekly question was: Why did Bnei Yisrael win wars against enemies each time Moshe raised his arms in the air.
The Nesharim had wonderful responses to this question and looked to Chizkoni, one of our sages, and the Mishnah, for answers to the weekly question.
This week we heard two Midrashim about K’riyat Yam Soof, the splitting of the Sea of Reeds. One was that there were twelve dry paths created, one for each of the twelve tribes to cross Yam Soof. The other Midrash was about children crossing Yam Soof. As soon as a child would say he/she was thirsty, the frozen water would open up and a spring of water gushed out. Once the child was done drinking, the water became a frozen wall once again.
In Tefillot, we focused on two brachot from Birchot Ha’shachar: She’asani Ben/Bat Chorin, and She’asani Yisrael. We were able to make a connection between these two brachot and this week’s parasha. We also discussed that not everyone has these brachot in their Siddur. Some siddurim present these ideas with different words.
Morah Keren and Morah Chana