Jeremy - Our Jewish Visitor
Jeremy visited the Lower Juniors to tell us all about 'Shabbat'.
As Christians, our day of rest is Sunday, but for Jeremy it is from Friday night when the sun has set, to Saturday night.
Both religions remember God's day of rest after he had created the world.
Jeremy told us what happens in his household during Shabbat; the food must be prepared the day before so that his wife is not working, there's no TV or computers allowed as this is seen as working a machine. the family play together, have friends around and play lots of board games.
Hawthorn Class have been learning about the Jewish festival of Hannakah. It's a festival of light which remembers to amazing story of when God did not abandon his people during a difficult time. During an attack on the people by the Syrian king, Antiochus, the Jews refused to worship Greek gods. Despite the lack of oil, the candles in the Menorah did not run out, symbolising God's presence. Eventually, the Jews defeated the Syrian army.
Jewish children sing the Driedal song and play a game of Dreidal at this time. They enjoy donuts and other oily foods to remind them of the oil in the lamps never running out and God always being there for his people.
We too sang the song and played Dreidal.
Year 6 have re-enacted the Jewish Passover which Jesus would have celebrated during the Last Supper.
We then compared similarities and differences between Passover and our Eucharist.