At the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, the third-grade girls put on an ADARable Purim play. Queen Esther did a fantastic job protecting Bnei Yisrael while Mordechai was a true hero in Long Beach Shushan. The girls sang and danced while the beaming audience joined along. The morot are exceptionally proud of the actresses who put on the entire play in Ivrit—Yasher koach, banot.
Also, as a culmination to the parshiyot of Terumah, Tezaveh, Vayakhel, and Pekudei which deal with the Mishkan and keilim, HALB students in grades 1–5 were treated to a hands-on experience titled “Seeing is Believing,” presented by the Machon LaMikdash. The HALB talmidim and talmidot had the opportunity to touch, feel, experience, build, and see the majesty of the Mishkan and Beit HaMikdash. Through a PowerPoint presentation, students learned about the daily sacrifices, or korbanot, the singing of the Levi’im, the Simchat Beit Hasho’evah and the avodat Yom HaKippurim. Students were able to connect their classroom learning of parashat ha’shavua and Mishnayot Sukkah and Rosh Hashanah to the presentation that unfolded before their eyes. The HALB students came away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the House of Hashem—the Mishkan and Mikdash. We pray that through the study of these concepts we will bring the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash speedily, in our days.