When we say that the Jews are the people of the book, we often are referring to the Torah. However, there is another book that has connected Jews for over 1000 years, the Siddur. Siddur means “order”, so it is not surprising that this book contains the orders of prayers recited morning, afternoon, and evening each day as well as for special events such as Shabbat and holidays. This week, our second grade students found their place in this chain of tradition as they received their own Siddurim (prayer books) from their loved ones.
To prepare for this day, students practiced the prayers of our tradition both spoken and sung, and reflected on their meaning. They tacked big questions and posed thoughtful answers. Below, please find some reflections about God from our wise second grade students.
Where do you feel God’s presence?
Rabbi Leo: When I’m petting my cats.
Rabbi Jonah: In the classroom, house, living room, hallway, and next to my caterpillar.
Rabbi Lillian: In the chicken run and in the forest.
If you could call God, what would you say?
Rabbi Yarden: You’re amazing!
Rabbi Alice: Thank you for the world.
Rabbi Lev: Thank you for questions, spiders, and scary things.
What time of day do you think God likes the best?
Rabbi Tayla: At night because God gets time alone.
Rabbi Yarden: Friday afternoon and Saturday Morning because God gets a lot of prayers.
How do you show love for God?
Rabbi Lev: You show love with prayer because God is the being that makes us human.
Rabbi Shira: With T’fillah.
What is one thing from Judaism that you would like to pass on to future generations?
Rabbi Alice: Presents… I mean, love.
Rabbi Yarden: A menorah.
Rabbi Talya: Siddurim.
Rabbi Emily Meyer, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Grade Judaic Studies