Learning about the Water Cycle
Shemini Atzeret follows the last day of Sukkot. When our ancestors traveled to bring their best crops to the Temple, they stayed an extra day (Shemini Atzeret) and rested. We light candles, kiddush, and say the shehecheyahu, but most importantly, we pray for rain. We learned about the water cycle, where rain comes from, why it is so important for us to have rain (especially in Israel) and learned the Hebrew word for rain, "Geshem." Dorit showed us a musical instrument called a "Rain Stick," that everyone got to flip as the class prayed for rain! Afterwards, we colored the Hebrew letters of "Geshem," gimel, shin, and mem-sofit, the colors of the rainbow.