The children of Beit Shalom have been learning some Hebrew words that define various mitzvot and we encourage others to learn these words too! It’s a great way for adults in your community to teach and/or reinforce good character in our children. It also is a simple way to redirect children when their behavior may be missing the mark!
These Hebrew words and definitions are from the following book:
We Can Do Mitzvot from Aleph to Tav By Yael Zoldan (Feldheim Publishing).
א–Achdut–together as one we stick
ב–Bikur Cholim–visiting the sick
ג–Gemilut Chesed–being kind and good
ד–Derech Eretz–acting the way we should
ה–Hachnasat Orchim–welcoming a guest
ו–V’ahavta–loving each other best
ז–Zerizut–to do a mitzvah, RUN!
ח–Chanukah–menorahs, latkes, fun!
ט–Tallit–men wear in shul each day
י– HaShem–serve HaShem in every way
כ–Kosher–the only food we eat
ל–Limud Torah–learning Torah is so sweet
מ–Megillah–which we read on Purim day
נ–Nikayon–clean and neat we stay
ס–Sukkot–when we eat outside all week
ע–Anavah–be humble and be meek
פ–Pesach–with matzah, maror and more
צ–Tzedakah–that’s helping out the poor
ק–Keriyat Shema–we say in bed each night
ר–Rodef Shalom–that’s trying not to fight or pursuing peace
ש–Shabbat–our favorite day of the week
ת–Tefillah–to HaShem Himself we speak (pray)
After teaching these words and concepts to the children you are around, an easy way to redirect a child who is misbehaving is to say, “Derech Eretz.” No other words are needed! It’s really nice to communicate our expectations so clearly and directly, with few words, in a positive manner. If a child needs to clean their room or place setting, one can simply say, “Nikayon.”
I highly recommend We Can Do Mitzvot from Aleph to Tav; it’s well worth the investment and the illustrations are great!