Winchevsky Shule In Your Living Room!
March 29 - Storytelling II
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I am so looking forward to re-connecting to Kinder Kapers families in your living rooms this Sunday! This week, we will be welcoming each other through song, and taking part in an interactive storybook read-aloud (with visuals provided). To sing along with me and other families during the class, I recommend you have the Kinder Kapers Song Sheet on-hand so that you can follow along with words, translations and at-home activity suggestions.
I know that in this time, everyone - big and small - is making huge and signifigant contributions to their families and community, and so we will end our lesson by sharing Mitzvoh and adding to our at-home Mitzvah jars (bring your jar and your beads if you have them!) At the end of the lesson, we will join with other members of our community for a school-wide sing-along! - Shifra
A familiar folktale, Passover-style. When a hungry stranger arrives in Chelm, the poor and somewhat stingy villagers have nothing to offer. So the stranger offers them soup - chicken soup with matzoh balls - which he will make with nothing more than a stone. Before long, of course, the wily visitor is able to coax from the villagers some salt, an onion, carrots, and so on. When the soup is almost finished, he proposes to serve up matzoh balls “so big and heavy they’ll sit in your belly like rocks all eight days of Passover.”
This, of course, won’t do, and the wise people of Chelm donate their own matzoh balls, “so light they can almost fly.” The minute you open the pages of this book, you’ll think, “But of course, Stone Soup set in Chelm!” It’s a natural fit for a story about gullibility - even more so, given the Passover injunction: Let all who are hungry, come and eat.
In our online class tomorrow in your living room, we are going to acquaint ourselves to this virtual setting by sharing in stories, playing games and checking in.
The class will be a "choose your own adventure story time and a reflection on some of the at home activities I sent out last week. We will delve deeper into the Jewish mythical story of the Golem and discuss together some ideas that it brings up about self-protection, monsters and free will.
I've picked the Diary of Anne Frank for us to read. If you don't have a copy at home, you can find an online edition here. It's not as compelling to read it this way, but it'll do in a pinch. (And I think this counts as a pinch.)
I don't know if you've had a chance to read any of the book yet. It's OK if you haven't, but please read the beginning up until Wednesday, July 8, 1942 in preparation for Sunday's class. Those first few entries detail Anne's life in Amsterdam - her family, her friends at school, what she thinks of the boys in her class, run-ins with her teachers - before she enters the attic where hid throughout most of the war.
There's no spoilers with this diary: it's important to know as you're reading it that Anne was discovered and arrested in August, 1944, along with the others who were hiding with her in the "secret annex". The following February, Anne died of typhus in brutal conditions at a concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen. She was 15 years old.
I'll also be checking in with you on Sunday about your b'nei mitzvah research projects and creative pieces. I know you've probably been distracted, we all have. We'll get back on track together.
(Speaking of which, Charles, I read this article about COVID-19 and the Golem, which you might find interesting.)