At the middle school retreat in September, we introduced the Social Emotional Learning Initiative to the students, and the workshops were focused on the topics of “acceptance, diversity, and celebrating difference.” Throughout the year, students have focused on these topics in rabbinics classes and during their SEL advisory meetings. Our students have engaged in special activities over this year that have been utilized in an effort to increase awareness and sensitivity to individuals with a variety of special needs.
The garden project is blooming! We have lots of veggies coming up, and the students meet weekly with Howard Bearman to weed and do various other jobs. We have more than ten students of all ages who regularly stay after school on Wednesdays to take care of the garden.
We are told in the Torah in several locations that we must eat unleavened bread for 7 days, put all leaven out of our homes to the extent that it is not seen anywhere near us for the full week of the festival of Pesach. We are also told in these same passages that we are to bake and eat matzah on the holiday. This begs the question of what is leaven/chametz that we must be so careful that we not eat it nor have it in our very presence.
1. Update on the Garden
Interview with Janice Silverman Rebibo
A well regarded Hebrew poet who lives in Boston, Janice Silverman Rebibo has been the judge of RAVSAK's Hebrew Poetry Contest.
How did you get interested in writing Hebrew poetry?
This week’s parasha, Ki Tisa, is chock full of ‘good stuff’ and lessons to impart. The list is long:
Moses takes a census of the people;
We are given instructions on the building of the Ohel Moed- the Holy Tabernacle;
Moshe receives the tablets with the Ten Commandments on it-twice!
The people build a golden calf while Moshe is on Mt. Sinai;
Shabbat is mentioned once again as a day of pure rest;
There is even a nod to Kashrut in a verse prohibiting cooking a kid’s meat in its mother’s milk.
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