לימודי קודש

JUDAIC STUDIES

A primary goal of our Limudei Kodesh curriculum is to foster a love of Torah, mitzvot, and ahavat Yisrael.  עברית, our שפת עם is used in limudei kodesh to develop the skills of kriya and havana in preparation for in depth Talmud Torah.  Engaging in meaningful limudei kodesh opens our students’ hearts to a life of Torah and mitzvot.

Chumash-חומש

חנוך לנער על פי דרכו is the overarching  principle which guides Torah study at WTA;  educate children according to their way/capacity.  Teaching Torah בעברית, students learn to distinguish between modern Hebrew usage and לשון הקודש.  They become familiar with the classical Torah commentators, מפרשים and discover life sustaining messages. Utilizing Rashi’s commentary students deepen their understanding of the text and identify the mitzvot and their origin. Students develop textual analysis skills to discern the peshat meaning of the text.

 

Our curriculum explores themes that address the students’ maturing religious involvement and values.  with חברותא, the students develop critical thinking skills and are able to use their knowledge of Hebrew to understand the text. We inspire lifelong Torah learning  by giving our students the tools to navigate the חומש.   

 

Torah study sequence

First grade:  Parashat Hashavua in בראשית, שמות, ויקרא

Second Grade: ‏ Introduction to Chumash, and Parashot B’reshit, Noach and Lech Lecha,

‏Third Grade:  Chumash Breshit; parshiyot vayera, chaye Sarah, toldot and vayetze,

Fourth Grade: Chumash Breshit, vayishlach, vayeshev, miketz, vayigash and vayechi

FIfth Grade: Chumash Shemot and in navi the book of Shoftim

Sixth grade: Chumash Bamidbar and Shmuel Alef in Navi.  
 

Mishna- משנה (grades 4-6)

Our curriculum emphasizes shinun, learning of Mishnah by heart, in song, with joy and intensity. Students prepare the mishna with a chevruta (learning partner) and then review with their teacher. Skills include identifying the differences between Mikrah (Torah) and Mishna (Oral law), understanding the background and position of the author (Torat Ha Tannaim), and developing an awareness of the meaning and purpose of the Mishna's structure. The skills are organized in a scope and sequence appropriate for the cognition of primary-middle school students. When learned together, the content and skills build the student as an aware and independent learner of Torah.


Talmud-תלמוד (grade 6)

Students will be exposed to the unique style and methodology of the Talmud as they witness how laws are derived from their original sources, challenged, defended and refined to form the resulting conclusions.

Important introductory topics will familiarize students with the background and structure of the Gemara, after which students will study specific sugyot (sections) of Gemara in חברותות. They will begin to develop fundamental reading and analytical skills that are necessary to understand a sugya (section) of Gemara. Such skills include learning basic Aramaic words and phrases, learning how to punctuate a Gemara, and understanding the underlying concepts. These skills will help students become independent learners of Torah Shebaal Peh.

 

Chagim – חַגִים

Holidays punctuate weeks and months and highlight universal and particular Jewish messages.  Through this yearly study, children learn about ימים טובים and special days occurring each month, and get to know the special rhythm of the Jewish calendar year.  The history, halachot and minhagim of each חג are studied in a spiral and cyclical curriculum. We accompany the study of chagim with in-class or whole school celebrations, songs, making ritual objects and thematic art projects.  

 

Tefillah-  תְפִילָה

תפילה marks the beginning of each day.  Students “wake up” to do עבודת Hashem by participating in a minyan in their classrooms.  Students are encouraged to follow and track the meaning of each word in order to find kavanah.  They glean from the siddur exemplary social skills and extrapolate opportunities to bring chesed into the world.  Our students develop the understanding that they are members of multiple communities in their home, shul and in school.  In ראשי חודשים and חגים they participate in school wide תפילה בצבור, sing הלל and other relevant tefilot.  Relevant halachot provide the framework for our davening community and increase our students connection to Hashem.  Scope and sequence provide age appropriate tefillah experience for our students.  Gradually, they build a repertoire of tefillot and tunes. As they get older, students are expected to daven at home, and by themselves to approximate an adult minyan experience.  

 

Online:

פרויקט לימוד מתוקשב בתנ''ך

An innovative online blended learning program in Tanach helps our students become self-directed learners.  Students grow in their love of Torah by engaging in a creative and interactive online program. After teacher introduces a unit to the class, students complete assigned online independent tasks.  Students joyfully engage in learning and advance at their own pace.

 

In שיעורי שפה, students develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  We use authentic materials such as picture books, songs, videos, nursery rhymes in Early Childhood classes to promote listening and speaking skills.  Tal-Am curriculum is used in grades 1st-4th and Ulpan-Or (in 5th-6th grade). Variety of methods help endear the Hebrew language on our learners. Engaging activities such as  performances, songs and games make the learning fun and engaging. With an emphasis on accuracy and fluency in Hebrew, students read texts about familiar topics; holiday celebrations, greetings, classroom routines, home and family.  The various methods we use ultimately enable students to learn independently with Hebrew texts and in the older grades to communicate about familiar topics with ease.

 

Tal AM (grades 1-4)-תל-עם

TaL AM , is a unique curriculum of Hebrew Language Arts and Jewish Studies.  Based on research and the principles of language development and learning patterns, this program nurtures children to live vibrant Jewish lives.The structure of the TaL AM program is based on a variety of activities, using each of the five senses, textbooks,  music, games and visual aids to learn Hebrew and to develop understanding of Jewish concepts and values. Students develop their Hebrew and heritage literacy in a gradual, and spiralled process.. The study of Hebrew and Judaism is made relevant to the children's everyday lives; students develop a true appreciation of their heritage and understand the need for continued, lifelong Jewish study.

 

 

 

iTalAm-אייתל-עם

iTaLAM is an adaptive program based on the TaL AM curriculum. iTaLAM has updated the curriculum to to facilitate adaptive and personalized learning.  Our students experience learning activities in a multimedia environment using games, animated stories, and songs, making the learning process more enjoyable and effective.  Students can complete activities in the classroom or from home by advancing in their own pace.

 

 

Ulpan-Or (grade 5)-אולפן אור

iHebrew™ was developed by Dr. Yoel and Orly Ganor from Jerusalem.

The program utilizes a different approach to the teaching of Hebrew by creating fun and engaging  experiences resulting in acquiring the skills for a two-way communication in Hebrew. Ulpan-Or’s main goal is to minimize the gap between children’s input (understanding of the language) to their output (being able to speak with confidence).  The iHebrew™ program includes video clips, audio recordings, built-in structured exercises, virtual flashcards, Israeli songs, newspapers, virtual tours and much more. Through the various activities, students gain a sense of confidence in their ability to converse in Hebrew.

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Westchester Torah Academy | ישיבת נצח

295 Soundview Avenue,

White Plains, NY 10606

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