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Miss Two Days in the Sunflower Class? No Way!

We got right back into the swing of things in our kitah. We continued learning about Pesach, and why we celebrate it. At circle time this morning we discussed the Seder plate, and what items go on the plate. Some families put five things on their plate and some put six. The sixth would be the Chazaret. the romaine lettuce that some would use for Maror instead of the hot horseradish.

We first focused on the egg. The yeladim are very familiar with what a raw egg looks like when it’s cracked open. We bake A LOT in our kitah! They remember that is is liquidy and sticky and the yellow and clear part slide around on the plate. They knew that we don’t eat an egg that is not cooked, so we had to cook it. The yeladim went to the kitchen with Morah Yafit and watched her put the eggs on the stove. She turned on the stove and then they went back to the kitah. (Morah Yafit made sure all was safe in the kitchen.) A while later when they eggs were cooked we put them in cold water and then the yeladim were able to peel the eggs! The yeladim noticed the difference between the raw eggs and the cooked eggs. They noticed that these eggs were firm and white on the outside. And when we sliced into them, they were bright yellow inside!!! Some of them wanted to eat the eggs as well! It was such an exciting experience!!!

We continued with our Haggadah and learning about the order of the seder. We went through each page and the yeladim had the opportunity to put their own art work on each […]

By |March 16, 2017|

Where Are You From, Moshe?

If Moshe Rabbeinu was living today and was applying for a job, what would he have write under “ethnic group”?  Technically, he would have to say that he is “Egyptian,” since he was born in Egypt.  On top of that, he was given an Egyptian name, grew up in an Egyptian household surrounded by Egyptian culture, and looked like an Egyptian.  We know this because the Torah details it, especially that he looked like an Egyptian, as the daughter’s of Yitro called him an “Ish Mitzri” (“Egyptian man,” 2:19).

When did Moshe transition from being an Egyptian to being a Hebrew (biblical Jew) in the Torah? The pivotal moment for Moshe was when he matured and rose to prominence in Pharoh’s palace. He looked out and realized what was happening outside of the palace.

“During that time Moshe grew up, and he went out to his brethren and saw their suffering; and he saw an Egyptian man striking a Hebrew man, of his brethren.  He turned this way and that and saw that there was no man, so he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.” (2:11-12).

At that point in time, something gnawed inside of him. He was reminded of his roots, but more importantly, he realized the correct thing to do at that moment.  In that moment he risked it all and his actions speak volumes. He could have decided to do nothing and remain in the comfort of the Pharoh’s palace. Yet, instead, his life changed and he was now in danger. He had to run away to save himself.

As an Egyptian of the palace, it would have been natural and beneficial for him to stay silent and do nothing. To […]

By |January 14, 2015|