Solelim takes Ramah home…


This summer we are continuing the Ramah take home projects that were spear-headed last summer right here in Camp Ramah New England. The goal is to take the learning we do here at camp and continue to use it throughout the year. We are focusing, in Solelim, on Friday night brachot that we say over the various rituals, such as the Shabbat candles, challah, wine, and the blessing for the children. As the first part of our project we made beautiful challah boards from modge-podge, tissue paper, and picture frames. Last night we continued by doing a round-robin of brachot and placing cutouts on a placemat that the campers can take home with them. In each circle a counselor would explain the history and tradition of the ritual and then demonstrate. For example, one of the counselors explained how hadlakat neirot (lighting the candles) was a tradition supposedly done by Sarah, our matriarch, and represents Shalom Bayit (peace in the house). She then proceeded to teach the bracha to the campers, light the candles, and have everyone recite it together. The campers learned a lot and had fun doing it!

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