Israel is a very special place in our world. Most of the Jewish, Christian, and Moslem religions were founded here, in large part because all of these religions are inter-related. These religions have affected everything in the western world. Today we will look at the land where much of the Bible was written.
A very long time ago, Jewish people were slaves, which means that they were owned by other people, and had to do what they were told. The Jews were slaves in Egypt. Moses lead the the Jews from Egypt to freedom in Israel. We learn about Matzoh and the Passover Sader.
Hanukkah is sometimes called the Festival of Lights because each night during Hanukkah Jewish families light an additional candle. We make potato pancakes and a paper Menorah.
Do you know the story of Noah? He knew that a terrible flood was coming, and built an Ark to keep safe. On the ark he put two of every animal and bird. Then it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. But Noah, his family, and his animals survived. After the ordeal was over, God sent a rainbow. We make jello rainbows and use the Constructive Triangles to makes Stars of David.
The Bible says that for six days God created the heavens and the earth. On the seventh day, He rested. Jews celebrate the sabbath from Friday night to Saturday evening. Christians also celebrate a day of rest, but on Sunday. We learn about Jewish traditions and make our own Kiddush cups to celebrate with.
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