Archive for the ‘Parashat haShavua’ Category


A Daddy update

18 November 2011

I haven’t updated in a while, so here we go. Updates for October 28th, November 4th, 11th and 18th (today). I am currently in the break between lessons, so I thought I’d utilize the opportunity.

In Parashat haShavua we have opened up the Torah scroll every week and read parts from it. I am relying partly on the teachings that are published on the Bible Society website, but also adding some of my own. So it’s been Noah, Lech Lecha, vaYira, and today we spoke of Chayey Sara.

In the Bible class I made a presentation of small symbolic pictures and a description of each book in the Bible. We’ve gone through the Torah, Prophets, Writings, and today we did the historic books of the NT (Matthew through Acts). Next week will be the last one, and we’ll go through the letters and Revelation. I write a short summary of each book, without writing the name of the book, and let prof read and match it to the correct book. Snoopy colors the small pictures, and Hugsy gets her own coloring pictures. We now have 4 different cut-and-glued Bible presentations on our wall, and there’s one more to come next week. Although for the letters I will probably generalize to make one picture per section. “Paul’s letters to congregations – Paul’s letters to people – Hebrews – General letters – Revelation”.

In the NT class we’ve kept talking about Yeshuas deeds and miracles. Silencing the storm and throwing out legion, Feeding 5,000 and walking on water, the rich man and the eye of the needle, Bartholomew, Sending out disciples to the towns, Peter’s confession of Yeshua as the Messiah, Let the Children come to me. And today, after the break, we will read about Zachary, the expulsion of the traders from the temple, and the death of Yochanan the baptist.

In Hebrew Litterature we’ve only had two lessons. One on October 28th, and we finally got back to the subject of friendship (which we dealt with before the holidays, but put aside in favor of holidays during the high season). Last week, however, on the 11th, it was the Friday closest to the memorial day of Yitshak Rabin, so I spent that lesson reading the stories in their book about Rabin, and teaching them about the background to the conflict in our area. We spoke about the murder, I told my personal story of where I was when I first heard about it, how horrible wrong it is to kill someone, but also explaining the background to it. That Rabin’s idea of a solution to the conflict was a dangerous failure.

In Social Sciences we’ve also only had two lessons (actually one, because the second one is today). We continue with talking about different professions, why people work, etc. We’ll keep going with that today.

In addition to the above, I’ve also expanded the morning prayer. We now start with the Shma, then Adon Olam, then we say the “hama’avir sheina mi’eynay”, and then the kaddish. After that we say Birkat haShanim. Today I added the Hebrew translation of “Amazing Grace”. I explained to the kids that even though the siddur has a lot of beautiful prayers, they are failing in that they are not focusing on the Messiah. The gospel has to be in the center of our life, so I wanted to add this song that emphasizes God’s amazing grace to us. I also told them a little about the background of the composition of the song.

In addition to this, I’ve also started to take the time whenever possible, when I see that there’s time over in the homeschooling schedule, and read through the book of Proverbs and the 1st letter of John with them, verse by verse. Only a few verses every week. This way they will get a deeper knowledge of what we find in the non-story parts of the Bible, and will be able to apply the Godly principles in it in their daily life.

Update: In Social Science, when talking about employment and work, we spoke of the hard work the first Zionist pioneers did 130 years ago, and watched this pioneeric work song by Hayim Nahman Bialik:



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.