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Love Your Friend As Yourself

“Rabbi Akiva says, ‘This is a great principle of the Torah’.” We learned that it is so important to treat each other the way we want to be treated and this is the golden rule .

We spent the whole week enjoying Lag B’Omer and focusing on this concept. We cut our own hearts. This took great practice, but we have been tracing and using scissors all year and we were mostly able to do this on our own! Once we cut the heart shape, we collaged them with different materials and hung them in our classroom to remind us of this golden rule.

We learned about Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai learned so much Torah and taught it to the world. He made the world a brighter place and in memory of him, every year on his day of passing, we make bonfires, which bring us joy and light. We made rainbows because we know during the time of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai there were no rainbows in the sky.

We used play dough and sticks, together with other materials to make sensory bonfires.

Morah Robin came for Music and Movement and we sang friendship songs!

We practiced fire safety in the classroom and went over the rules, STOP, DROP and ROLL in case there is a fire Gd forbid.

We used food as loose parts play and had the most delicious edible bonfires. The pretzels and jellies were yum and it was so fun creating our own bonfires that we could eat.

We made friendship quilts, and discussed what it’s like to be a friend. We talked about loving each other as we would like to be loved. We know that Rabbi Akiva said, even when you learn a lot of Torah the most important lesson to learn is always be kind to one another.

On Thursday, we celebrated Lag B’Omer. We made fruit Kabobs in our classroom so that we could eat them with all our friends outside.

Rabbi Shmuly came and celebrated with us. He lit a real bonfire for us to enjoy and we made our own smores and roasted them! We sang and danced and had a blast outside together.

We also started our Auction Art pieces. We made a fire inspired art, that is sure to light up your homes as much as it lit up our day creating it.

Playball with Coach Anthony was awesome as always.

We look forward to learning more about Shavuot next week. Shabbat Shalom!

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