Wrapping up the High Holy Days with Simchat Torah

The fall Jewish holiday procession concluded with Simchat Torah, and the Religious School had quite the celebration!

There’s an old Eastern European custom that on the first day of a child’s learning the alef bet (Hebrew alphabet,) the teacher would spread honey on the letters of the page/slate for the child to lick off- the lesson being that Torah learning is literally sweet. (Experiential education has been around a long time!)

We had two versions of this lesson at our Simchat Torah program – we made edible Torahs, including each part of the Torah dressing, and wrote Hebrew letters or words on “parchment” (pieces of tortilla) with edible markers, then put honey or homemade frosting on it. Yum- learning indeed is delicious!

 

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