During their Torah service in Makom Rina, our new spiritual space, Early Childhood students learned all about Noah and his ark. They built an ark with three levels and helped all the animals walk onto the ark. They then named the animals that entered the ark two by two, and the kosher animals they counted by seven. The students had a lot to say about the story, especially about the animals, which are such an important part of their lives.
Once the ark was closed, they made their own geshem (גשם, rain) while clapping their hands and stomping their feet. Eventually came the mabol, (מבול, flood). When the rain stopped, a dove came back to the ark with an olive branch as a sign of peace, and the students were so excited that the animals were able to leave the ark.
After the flood, a keshet (קשת, rainbow) appeared as a sign that there will never be such a flood again. With a rainbow ribbon in each students' hand, they sang the keshet song, learned the colors of the keshet in Hebrew and made a keshet dance.
“This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Therefore, upon seeing a rainbow in the sky, we recite the following blessing:
Baruch ata Ado-nai Elo-heinu melech ha'olam zocher ha'brit v'ne'eman bivrito v'kayam b'ma'amaro. Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, ruler of the universe, who remembers the covenant, and is faithful to His covenant, and keeps His promise.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֶלוֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם זוֹכֵר הַבְּרִית וְנֶאֱמָן בִּבְרִיתוֹ וְקַיָם בְּמַאֲמָרוֹ