Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rosh Hashanah is the new year!
Rosh Hashanah is finally here!
Morah Tzivie: A special holiday is coming soon.
Tori: Rosh Hashanah
Morah Tzivie: Yes. Does anyone know what Rosh Hashanah means?
Joshiah: New Year
Tzivie: Yes! We eat something special at the new year.
We eat apples. What do apples taste like? Salty? Sour? Bitter? Sweet?
Kids: Sweet!
Morah Tzivie: We eat sweet apples and we dip them in honey to ask Hashem to bless us with a sweet new year.
Morah Tzivie shared a book about a shofar that had lost its voice.
They can come in many sizes, some are smooth and some are rough.
A shofar is a ram's horn. It gets cleaned and polished so we can blow it to make a loud, strong sound.
In the story, The Shofar That Lost Its Voice, we learn that the shiny black shofar is so sad it lost its voice. Without its voice it can't create the sound that causes people to stop, listen and think about their new year and and the blessing Hashem gives them.
It was fun to blow a shofar and to hold them in our hands.
We created some special Rosh Hashanah crafts
Morah Katie: Why are bees important?
Josiah: They spread pollen.
Dena: They make honey.
Morah Katie: What do we use honey for?
Tori: For Rosh Hashanah.
Aaron: To dip apples in.
Morah Katie: Why do we dip apples in honey?
Kian: For a sweet new year!
Apples come in many colors, each with a sweet taste.
We had a very special Shabbat party this week.
Morah Tzivie: What holiday is Sunday?
Scout: Rosh Hashanah.
Morah Tzivie: We are going to set our Shabbat table just like we always do, but we are going to add some extra special things. What shape do you think our challah will be?
Kian: Square
Tori: Triangle
Dena: Circle
Morah Tzivie: It is a round challah, round like the year. Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the new year. For extra sweetness, we have raisins in our challah, for more sweet blessings.
Morah Tzivie: We eat something else during Rosh Hashanah, it is a fruit with so many seeds.
We eat pomegranates to help us think of all the sweet things we have, and of all the sweet things we can do in the new year.
Morah Tzivie: And! for more sweetness in the new year we dip...
Kids: Apples and honey!
Morah Tzivie: We can say this blessing: Please Hashem give us a sweet new year.

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