Empowering Others: Atid Learning Center Weekly Update 1/12/18
Torah Talk: http://jewishjourneyproject.
weebly.com/parshat-vaeira.html (includes a video about the parsha!)
Each of the plagues directly attack a different Egyptian god. You see, the Egyptians were polytheists. That means they believe in many gods, unlike the Israelites who believed in only one God. Each plague was a specific attack on the Egyptians’ belief in idolatry. The first plague, for example, attacked Hapi, the god of the Nile River. The Nile was the most important and sole source of water in Egypt for people, animals and crops. Having it turn to blood truly struck at the heart of the Egyptians’ existence. Without water it is impossible to live. To see how each of the following nine plagues attacked an Egyptian god, click here.
With each successful plague, the Egyptians became less confident in their power and the Israelites became more confident in theirs. It is this change in power that gives the Israelites the confidence to leave Egypt and slavery behind. The Israelites believe in themselves because God is fighting for them so fiercely. Sometimes it takes someone fighting for us to make us believe in ourselves.
Discuss a time when you felt powerless and someone helped you feel stronger.
- Saturday, January 13– Torah Club (~10:30 am)
- Sunday, January 14– No School MLK Weekend
- Saturday, January 20– Drama on Shabbat
- Sunday, January 21– Bonim/ Machar (Grades K-5) Lego Mania Party 11:30 am-2 pm
- Saturday, January 27– Torah Club (~10:30 am)
Summer Fun at Capital Camps
Don’t miss out on summer fun for children and/or the whole family at Capital Camps! Experience our challenge course, lake and aquatics center, sports fields, arts offerings, and more with traditional 2, 3 and 4 week sessions and during Family Camp (August 17-19). New camper grants are available! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour: 1/28, 2/11, 3/4, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22. Visit capitalcamps.org for more information or to RSVP for a tour.