(Watch the siddur ceremony here!)
When you are reciting Mah Tovu, theBarechu or even theShema, what do you think about? Do you say the words without really knowing their intention? If so, you likely have much in common with the person sitting next to you in services.
At Mirowitz, your children learn how to pray with intention, and by first grade, they know what most prayers mean. When they sing Mi Chamocha, they think about freedom and the responsibilities of being free.
When they say theMah Tovu, they think about ways they can turn around the ugly words on their own lips and make them into a blessing just as Balaam did in the Torah. (Numbers 24)
This week, first graders finished their siddurim(prayerbooks), and an eight month study of prayer. Have you seen their stunning illustrations? They not only reflect creativity and imagination, but will serve as a visual image of the meaning behind each prayer…an image that will be forever implanted in their minds as they pray in any synagogue, in any city, in any country. Their siddurim will be an integral part of their childhood and the education will last a lifetime.