The 4th grade Judaic Studies program responds to the developmental needs and interests of emerging young Jewish girls and boys. Based on the foundation of “Derech Eretz Kadmah La’Torah”, “propriety is a prerequisite to the study of Torah”, the curriculum is designed to promote intellectual curiosity and foster individual and communal responsibility. Daily and weekly lessons are enriched with activities that nurture Jewish identity and pride and sustain interpersonal growth.
Recognizing the educational value of 21st century technology, students enjoy and benefit from integrating creative digital tools into their coursework and special projects.
The subject components comprise:
We start the day with Tefillat Shacharit: Birkot HaTorah, Birchot HaShachar, P’sukei D’zimra, Birkot Kriyat Shema, Shema, Amida, Aleinu, and Tehillim. Throughout the year, students develop a general understanding of the Tefillot and laws of Tefillah and work on an in depth knowledge of the Amida.
Torah/ Bible Text- חומש
Using the L’havin U’Lehaskil curriculum, we study the following Parshiot in depth with selected Rashis:
וישלח, וישב, מקץ, ויגש, ויחי,ויצא. These sections begin with Jacob running away from home after receiving the birthright and starting a new life in Charan. Jacob returns to his homeland and the encounter with his brother, Esav. The narrative segues to Joseph and his brothers and their migration to Egypt. We highlight the transition from a family to a people.
We develop an understanding of “Shivim Panim Latorah” -- there are seventy interpretations to the Torah. We analyze the actions of Jacob and his sons, and debate the ways we think situations played out based on different readings of the text.
Text of Prophets- נביא
Book of Joshua ספר יהושע
We study about the leadership transitioning from Moshe to Joshua; about the Jewish people entering the land of Canaan, conquering the land and dividing the properties. The students become familiar with the geography of early Israel.
Laws and Customs- הלכה ומנהג
Special emphasis is given to the Jewish holidays: background, knowledge of key vocabulary words, prayers, practices and customs. In addition, we use the workbook חיינו as a source book for basic Jewish knowledge.
Jewish History and Zionism- היסטוריה וארץ ישראל
We use the Lookstein Center Bar Ilan University curriculum on Zionism. The units consists of: The Northern Challenge, The First Aliyah, Coming Home and Struggle for Jerusalem 1947-1967.
Biographical Sketches of the Commentators- פרשנים
We study about the lives and contributions of numerous Commentators from the era of the Second Beit Hamikdash until the present.
Weekly Torah Portion- פרשת השבוע
We review the highlights of the Torah portion and share Divrei Torah.
Popular and Didactic Phrases and Sayings - פתגמים
The students are introduced to classical phrases taken from the Torah and Talmud to enrich and inspire their weekly learning.