Since Passover, we have been preparing for something special.
Morah Tzivie shared with us that Hashem had a present for the Jewish people
49 days from when they left Egypt.
And after 49 days we will celebrate the holiday
Shavuot, the day we receive the Torah.
We have been counting the days on a mountain in our classroom.
But why a mountain?
Morah Tzivie: What mountains do you know?
Augie: I know a few.
Jade: There is one with snow on it.
Ari: Mt. Hood, I take my ski lessons there.
Judah: Mt. Rainer.
Abram: Mt. St. Helens is a volcano.
Clara: My mom saw it. There was ash when she was little.
Morah Tzivie: You are right. We have so many beautiful mountains around us. And there are beautiful mountains all over the world. Hashem knew he wanted to give us the present on a mountain to remind us to be strong and proud. But when the mountains heard this they began to brag and fight all over the world.
Morah Katie: Augie, what would you say to the waterfall mountain to help him not be so braggy?
Augie: I would say please stop talking meanly, you could say come on kids, come splash in my waterfalls. That would be nicer then being braggy.
Morah Katie: Ari, how would you help the volcano speak more kindly around his mountain friends?
Ari: Well maybe he could just say I can explode hot lava but I can't keep snow on me and have hot lava at the same time.
Morah Katie: Nora, how would you help the flower mountain be less boastful?
Nora: I would tell it to just invite some people on it to smell its flowers and maybe not talk so mean to its friends. It could be nice to the grass mountain.
Morah Katie: Jade you created the mountain covered in streams. It was pretty braggy about all its streams.
Jade: Yeah it could just talk about the fish in its streams but it also didn't like when the tall mountain talked about how tall it was. It made my mountain feel small.
Evan: I'd tell my rocky rock climbing mountain to ask people to climb up it to the top, but not say it so mean just come play on me.
Clara: I'd tell the tall mountain, you don't have to talk so mean you can be tall and nice. You can hope to be chosen. I'm tall too, I try to be nice.
All the mountains were made; suggestions for being kind and thoughtful were offered.
Which mountain did Hashem choose?
Evelyn: The sad mountain who was sad all the others were fighting.
Lochlan: The mountain that gets covered in flowers and green grass, Mt. Sinai.
Morah Tzivie: Mt. Sinai was so polite, he knew it was wrong to brag or to fight.
He was humble and didn't want others to feel bad.
Mt. Sinai spoke kindly and respectfully,
so Hashem said that is how I want my people to talk.
I will give the Torah on Mt. Sinai.
Everyone contributed to created Mt. Sinai.
We looked at our classroom Torahs,
got ready to go to the synagogue,
and visited the real Torahs with Rabbi Greenberg.
Jade: It has a crown.
Augie: There are 2.
Judah: Wow They look heavy.
Rabbi: Yes, You will hold them when you are older, 13.
But we can all kiss the Torah today, it is so special.
We each had a chance to kiss the Torah.
We practiced some songs.