FESTIVAL OF WEEKS - CHAG HaSHAVUOT
The word Shavuah means week. You may remember that we use the term Shavuah tov (have a good week!) every time we make havdalah and say good-bye to Shabbat. Shavuot is the plural of shavuah and means weeks. We count seven weeks from Passover to Shavuot. During that time in our ancient history we recall the Isralites leaving Egypt (at Passover) and wondering in the desert. After seven weeks the Isralites finally reached Mount Sinai.
Sing with Rabbi Molly
Cooking with Teacher Leslie
Taste the Seven Species -
Try each of the seven species of Israel: Dates, Figs, Grapes, Pomegranates, Barley, Wheat, and Olives. Record on this chart what you like and what you don't like. Maybe others in your house can taste with you, and you can record their results. Tally the results. How many of the species do you like? How many do you dislike? If you had other people tasting with you, which food has the most likes? Which has the most dislikes?
Paint with Flowers -
You will need paper, paint, something to hold your paint, some flowers and leaves. Try making different types of prints with the leaves and flowers. See if you can make dots, lines, and swirls. Can you use several together? What other ways can you paint with the leaves and flowers?
Moving Water -
Sometimes we need to move water from one place to another so that we can have fresh water for drinking or watering plants to growing food. In ancient Israel they used this aqueduct to move water from springs to the port city of Caesarea.
Get two containers and fill one with water. How will you transfer the water from one container to the other? Move the containers further apart. Is your method still a good one? How could you improve it?
Learning: creativity, problem solving, making predictions, data analysis, cultural lessons about diets of people in other parts of the world