Friday the 23rd of September 2011

24 September 2011

So, yesterday we had our 5th Friday-lesson since the start.

First lesson – Bible. Last time we left off with John the Baptist, so this lesson was focused on Yeshua’s ministry, which caused a slight overlap with the NT class. With the difference that now we went quickly through all of his ministry in one short lesson, and in the NT class it will take us a year. We read from Nicodemus till crucifixion.


Second lesson – Hebrew Literature. We’re taking a break from the stories about friendship to focus on the upcoming holidays now. Today’s focus was on Rosh haShana, the New Year, that is in another week. We spoke about the holiday in general, and read a short story. Then we sang two holiday songs:

The first one was “Matana leRosh haShana” (Gift for Rosh haShana) by Leah Naor:


The second one was “Chodesh Tishrei” (The Month of Tishrei) by Datia Ben-Dor that speaks of all four holidays we have this month (First verse from minute 4, and second verse from around 6 I think – it’s from the children’s program Parpar Nehcmad, from the 80s):


after that they both had questions and assignments relating to the holiday and the songs.


Third lesson was NT. We covered three stories – In Kana, turning water to wine (John 2), In the Nazareth synagogue where he was almost pushed over a cliff (Luke 4), and In the Kfar Nachum (Capernaum) synagogue where he threw out a demon, and later healed Peter’s Mother in law (Mark 1). I let them wash their hands in a bowl and then asked if they’d like to drink it – because that’s the kind of water Yeshua used. Then we spoke of how he can purify our hearts, just as he did with the water.


Fourth lesson was Social Science, where we finished the first chapter about identity in the social context of a school class. This time it was about how to make rules for the class – the context from the previous week was that kids who were left out would not feel left out if there are rules that establish that their birthdays are celebrated, if they’re hospitalized they get visits etc. Not very relevant to us, so we looked at the rules the class made in the book and decided which would work and not in a homeschool environment, and saw the differences.


We had some time over after that, so with the New Year coming up, we quickly also went through the Jewish months of the year. I drew them on the chart, we defined seasons and holidays, and sang the month-song by Naomi Shemer (here sung by Ofra Haza):


Today it’s Shabbat, and we’re home. I was Sabbath School teacher this morning in the congregation, first time since the new school year started, which means that it’s the first time my son (Prof) is in my Sabbath School class. Now it’s almost 17:00, and they are outside riding their bikes and playing with the neighbor’s kids.


Shabbat Shalom!


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