Our school enjoyed another visit with Rabbi Y;’ this time he brought items having to do with the Torah. Since Shavuot will be celebrated this weekend, it is an opportune time to be learning about how a Torah is made, what are the materials it is made from, who prints the words in the Torah. The animal skins, from which parchment is made, was displayed and the children were allowed to touch it as well. They told me that the skin felt soft. Rabbi Y explained that special quill pens are used by a scribe to write in the Torah, as well as special ink. Then the children were given a card containing the Hebrew alphabet and their own quills and ink, and they were encouraged to trace over the letters. They also received a paper with their Hebrew names written on it, and asked to write the letters with their quills. It’s not easy to write with a feather pen!
The building has been filled with the smell of baking this week. There is baking for Shavuot and baking for graduation. Something new for Gan Tziporim is making cookies. We had a nice sugar cookie recipe and the children got to work pouring in the flour and sugar, cracking and examining the eggs, and adding baking powder, a bit of salt, butter and vanilla. After getting back the refrigerated dough, the children enjoyed rolling out their pieces and using the aleph bet cookies cutters. It was good practice for them to identify the Hebrew letters and we’ll have delicious cookies for graduation!
Besides celebrating the receiving of the Torah from Hashem, Shavuot also celebrates the receiving of the “First Fruits”. It is also known as […]