Friday, May 23, 2014

As of today, Friday May 23 we have had 155 days of school.
We have been counting more than just school days, we have been
counting down to a very exciting holiday.

Morah Tzivie: Since Passover, we have been counting the days until the next holiday.
What are some of the special things we do on a holiday?
Zim: Light candles.
Sroli: Eat challah.
Morah Tzivie: We can wear special clothes. 
Does anyone know the name of this holiday, this very special day?
Efraim: Shavuot!
Morah Tzivie:  Yes.  Hashem told the Jewish people He was going to give them a special present 49 days after they left Egypt.
Do you know what the present was?
Kids: The TORAH!
Morah Tzivie: Yes! We have been counting each day as we prepare to celebrate this very special holiday.
Who can tell me what is in the Torah?  
What does it tell us?
Gracie: Stories.
Efriam: Holidays.
Zim: It tells us to do kind things.
Morah Tzivie: Hashem told the Jewish people that he was going to give the special present on a mountain. 
Well the mountains of the world heard this and became so excited.  They became SO excited they began to brag about themselves, and they argued together about who was better.
What is bragging?
Gracie: When you don't speak kindly about what you can do.
Efriam: Others feel bad.
Morah Tzivie: Bragging is speaking about yourself in a way that makes others around you feel bad. BUT one mountain didn't brag. Mt. Sinai thought to himself, I know I am special because Hashem created me.  I feel bad when I hear the other mountains bragging and boasting.  I am going to use kind words and be happy and proud of who I am. 
Can you guess which mountain Hashem chose?
Gracie: Mt.Sinai!
Morah Tzivie: We are special and all have something we are proud of, we can invite our friends to join us, we can share it with others.
Gracie: It's a volcano but it wouldn't brag or be mean and bossy, it would just spout lava to grow islands.
Sroli: My mountain is covered with lakes and water.  
Efriam: You can swim on that mountain.
Efriam: I make a tall mountain. It can see the clouds. It would speak nicely, kind words.
We talked about mitzvahs we learn about in the Torah:
Zim: Helping
Efraim: Sharing
Gracie: Giving to others

Judah: Scout will you help me make the rocket?
Scout: Yes I can help you.
Judah: Thanks, now that we made the rocket will you help me make the bat?
Scout: Yes I can help you make the bat too.

We are eagerly waiting until day 49. 
Today it has been 38 days since we began counting, we only have 
11! days to go!

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