WOW! What a great class Shabbat with my Sixth Graders Friday night at TBO!
They lead part of the service with grace and confidence, and the song, “Take Out The Wine,’ by Beth Schafer, they had a ball with. They are extremely proud of themselves, their parents are ecstatic, and my co-teacher and I are very proud of them as well.
We had an art exhibit of their microcalligraphy, which is art made with words instead of lines. They did an awesome job and thanks to my co-teacher, they exhibit looked very professionally done.
Now we can concentrate on Hebrew, Prayers, and Holidays more intensely. Once we get settled, the students really are into it and have lots and lots of questions which is great because it shows that they are thinking about what is being taught and/or demonstrated. It was a great morning with the kids. We really got so much in and I they felt they learned a lot. I need to ask Rabbi to come in so he can explain a couple of things that I couldn’t answer, or I will ask him and deliver the answers. Like, one of the students asked why some prayer books use two yuds for Ad-nai and others use yud, hay vav hey? Why is it not uniform?
If someone out there has the answer, please tell me. I think it is because we are not allowed to pronounce yud hey vav hey, therefore by using two yuds, we are not tempted to. Am I correct?