In the meantime, we have been learning, building community, and having fun at Amitim in various ways.
This past Tuesday, Amitim 5774 took a walk outside with cameras. What were they taking pictures of? Trope symbols. How in the world would they do that? We spent the first part of the session exploring trope symbol names and what they look like. Then, the kids went out with symbol guides and took pictures of branches, car emblems, rocks, and other objects outside that resemble the symbols on the page. We also spent time learning the meaning and history behind each symbol. The names of the symbols usually reveal something about their appearance or musical nature. Here are a few of my favorites that the Amitim students found on cars, trees, the ground, and even their bodies (symbol can be above, below, or on the side of a letter which is represented by a box in these examples).
Telisha Ketannah/Gedolah: "Detached" because they are never linked to the following note as one musical phrase; Ketannah = small (short); Gedolah = big (long).
Segol: "Bunch of grapes" (from its shape, which looks like a bunch of grapes).
Darga: "Trill" from its sound, or "step" from its shape.
Stay tuned for more updates. Looking forward to our continued journey of learning together!