Saturday, February 16, 2019

This week, WDS Kindergarten learned the mitzvot of challah. The children made two challot as symbols of the double portion of maan that Bnei Yisrael collected in the desert on Fridays. They also learned that women have only two mitzvot in the Torah, one of which was to separate a small piece of challah before baking it to be reminded of the offerings that were given to HaShem when there was a Beit HaMikdash. The students became scientists too and carefully observed and recorded the stages of making and baking challah.  Morah Dikla taught them in Hebrew how to make challah and Ari Tratt’s Ima came to show how to braid challah. In addition to  reading a book called “Koala Challah,” Morah Erica taught them about artist Gustav Klimt’s iconic mosaic, “The Tree of Life,” which echoes the kindergarten theme of Li Dor Vador (from generation to generation). Lastly, they designed and created challah covers in the style of Gustav Klimt that represented their own family trees. Kindergarten can’t wait to show them off at their Kabbalat Shabbat at the end of the month.

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