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A Daddy update for Simchat Torah and Shabbat Beresheet

25 October 2011

Last week we again had two lessons. One for the holiday eve of Shmini Atseret, or Simchat Torah, on the 19th, and then on the Friday, the 21st.

On Simchat Torah we again had only one lesson about the holiday, one lesson of New Testament, and another of literature. For the holiday lesson I put on my Talith and showed them our Torah scroll (it’s a printed paper-torah scroll, not a real handwritten Torah scroll on animal skin that they use in the synagogues, those are way too expensive for us). I got their help to roll it back to the beginning, to show that this is the day we start reading from the beginning. We spoke about the holiday, and then I put up this sketch for them.

Since this day also is Hoshana Raba, the last day of Sukkot, it is also the day of Simchat Beit haShoava, when they used to have a water ceremony in the temple. So in the New Testament lesson we started with how Yeshua stood up in the temple in the middle of the Simchat Beit haShoava on the “last great day of the feast” in John 7, and said that “I am the water of life”. After that we read the story of the man who came to Yeshua through the roof (we acted it out with a sheet, and Hugsy got to be the one in the sheet), and lastly we spoke of how Yeshua’s disciples picked straws in the field, and it was seen as a sin by the pharisees, and Yeshua answers them by mentioning the bread in the tabernacle. I used this to tell them about how the Jewish interpretation of the Torah had evolved into the 39 “avot hamelacha”, and why the prohibition of picking straws was linked to the bread in the tabernacle (and that’s why Yeshua mentioned it), and that that is also the reason we tell them not to climb trees on Shabbat when they are around their Jewish religious friends (since climbing trees can make leaves fall off, it falls under the same category)

In literature we saw pictures about the holiday, read about what the Bible says about the holiday, and sang the songs:


On the Friday after that, it was the Shabbat of the first Torah-reading in the synagogues, Beresheet. From this Friday and onwards we will have a lesson on this weeks parasha. So we read parts of the parasha, which they knew well from the Torah classes with their Mom. We spoke of the falling in sin, the promise of the Messiah, and how human kind got more and more corrupted to the point of Noah which will come next week.We read in the Haftara (prophet reading) of Isaiah 53 and noted specifically that God has no beginning and no end. We also read, connected to the creation, from Psalm 139 and Rev 21:1-5, 22:1-5.

In the Bible class we looked on the Bible from a very general point of view this time, as we just finished the “Big Picture Story Bible” last week. We went through the parts (Torah-Prophets-Writings-New Testament) one by one. To my help I created an excel file where I made one cell for each book and colored them in different colors (an idea I got from a book in English, but I couldn’t use that since Christians still insist on putting the Old Testament books in the Septuagint order).  We also sang the song we learned last week, pointing to the books in the file. Last bu not least, we took a general look at the time of the bible through the amazing interactive timeline they have at the mikra-gesher website.

In the NT lesson we spoke of the “Talitha Koumi”-story, the resurrection of the widow’s son, and the servant of the Roman officer.

Finally, we also had some Moledet – social science. This time it was about different professions, what kind of professions there are, what they do, etc. They got to think of professions they like and like to write about, and thought of the different things there are.


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20 October 2011

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Sukkot lessons etc – Daddy update

19 October 2011

On the 12th and 14th of October I had lessons with the kids. On the 12th it was the Sukkot lessons, and on the 14th, the first “regular” class since a long time.

In Sukkot class we spoke of the meaning of Sukkot, read Leviticus 23:40 and onwards, basically using the teachings here (but a more kiddie approach). We also watched this short movie.

In the NT class we learned the stories of the Beth Hesda pool, Yeshua’s entering to Jerusalem on the donkey, and about the Samaritan woman next to the well.

In Literature we read poems and songs about Sukkot, including Patish Masmer:


On the 14th we had a “regular class”. We finished “The big picture story Bible” and read the stories from right after the crucifiction until revelation. We also sang the song “BeReshit amar leShmot”, a song that goes through all the books o the Bible in Hebrew, including the New Testament (it’s part of the Messianic children’s DVD Giborey haEmunah)

In Literature we went through the stories of the holiday, a story of kids who didn’t have a yard and built their sukka on the roof instead, and the song Sukkatenu by Natan Alterman, (from 00:58 on this medley):

In the NT class we spoke of the 10 lepers, the born blind person and his parents (John 9), and the story of Lazarus.

In Social Science we started a new chapter that is about work and professions. This lessons was mostly about why people work.


Another Daddy update – holidays lessons

9 October 2011

Sep 30th was the first real “Holiday teaching day”. We did talk some about Rosh haShana at literature class already the week before, but this was the actual holiday teaching day (even if it turned out to be one day after the actual holiday). On a holiday teaching day we skip the Bible and the Social Science class, and instead we have only New Testament, Literature, and a holiday class where we talk about the holiday. The day therefore also either becomes shorter, or we have two classes about the holiday if needed.

On Sep 30th we were away, and I brought the material with me, but forgot the literature books. So there were only holiday teaching and New Testament. Luckily we had already covered most Rosh haShana stories last week.

I started with a general introduction of the holiday, and why we celebrate it, the symbols of the holiday, and we spoke of the story of Isaac and Abaraham at Moriah mountain and how it relates to Rosh haShana, and how it relates to Yeshua. I preached on this holiday two years ago in our congregation, so I did have some material to use (and at the end of the day, I took my oldest son on a more in-depht lesson and showed him the powerpoint presentation I made for the holiday.
(If you want to get deeper in the holiday, and it’s meaning, here’s a good article)

In the NT story, we talked about the calling of the disciples, the sermon on the mount, and the transfiguration.

Yesterday, on the eve of Yom Kippur, we started the day with talking about the holiday – the day of atonement. We read from Leviticus 16 on what the high priest would do on this day, and how it was all a picture of the Messiah, and tied that to Leviticus 17:11. We talked about the book of life, and also how we still need to ask for forgiveness for our sins – but the blood of the lamb has already been poured, we do not need any sacrifices. We talked about the different laws of this day, how the prayers go in the synagogue and examined the differences between our faith and the religious Jews’ faith. We saw this excellent explanation of Yom Kippur.

And then we also saw Kol Nidre – the first prayer said at the evening service on Yom Kippur Eve:

(If you want to get deeper in the holiday, and it’s meaning, here’s a good article)

In the NT lesson we talked of three important stories that all related to the Salvation, and the forgiveness of sins: The calling of Matthew (Matt 9:9-13), the adulterous woman (John 8:1-11), and the story of Nicodemus (John 3:1-21).

At the end we had literature. Two stories about Rosh haShana from last week, and then a few stories about Yom Kippur. About how the word “I’m sorry” is hard to say, and about how a bad conscience can get a life of its own and torment you, until you overcome the feelings of shame, and truly apologize. We stressed that an apology – whether to man or to God – must be from the heart, and must include a sincere regret, and a wish not to redo the sin. In the end there was also a story about a nine-year old who wanted to fast like the adults, but wasn’t able to. The moral of the story is not to fast for the sake of sports. And kids should not fast before they’ve reached Bar Mitsva age.

That’s it for this time. Now we have two weeks where I’ll teach two lessons every week. One every holiday eve (Wednesdays – 12th and 19th), and Fridays as usual (14th and 21st). There’s still Sukkot and Simchat Torah coming up! Tishrei is such an amazing holiday-packed month! Luckily it only comes once a year…