A great big Todah Rabah to Ivy’s family for hosting our class at their sukkah! The weather cooperated and we had a wonderful visit, enjoying a delicious snack and a silly story about sharing the sukkah experience with many creatures. Now that the fall holidays have been celebrated including Simchat Torah when we finish reading the Torah for the year and immediately begin again, we are learning about the weekly Torah portion.
We learned songs about creation and the snake who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. We read a number of fun books for Parashat Noach including Noah’s Bark, by Stephen Krensky.
We had a special guest come into our class to present about the story of Noah. Sophie’s Dad, Rabbi Aaron Philmus had the second graders riveted during his multi-faceted lesson. The second graders started by singing “Rise and Shine” accompanied by Rabbi Philmus on the guitar and then had a chance to act out sections of the story, costumes and rain makers included!
Rabbi Philmus concluded with a video of endangered and extinct animals reminding us that Noah was given the responsibility to care for and save the animals during the flood. Protecting the animals is now our responsibility in this generation. The second graders were quite concerned about the many animals who need protection in order to survive.
Thank you, Rabbi Philmus for such an engaging lesson! We look forward to you coming into our class again later in the year.