Third grade is off to a great start at SSJS! Our lesson for the week focused on tzedekah, which is often translated as charity. A big difference, however, is that the root word of tzedekah is TZEDEK, which means justice. In Judaism, taking care of those in need is considered an integral part of ensuring we have a just society, and it is an obligation (i.e., a mitzvah). Everyone seems excited to help make the world a fairer place by giving to tzedekah. We all helped decorate a plain, brown box, turning it into a beautiful, 3rd Grade Tzedakah Box. If you have any spare change, even a penny, please send it along with your child. To emphasize that even a penny counts, we read a story called The Very Best Place for a Penny.
This coming Sunday we will learn about Rosh Hashanah, just in time to celebrate this wonderful holiday next week. Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown Wednesday evening, Sept. 20th, and ends about an hour after sundown on Friday night, Sept. 22nd. I like to think of this as a wide window of time to celebrate, since it is often not likely that we will/can spend the entire 49 hours contemplating and celebrating the holiday.
REMINDER: Please pack a snack for your child! Even if you think s/he won’t be hungry, sitting with other people who are eating often makes one feel hungry, and I don’t want anyone to feel left out. I will try to bring in a package of allergy-friendly cookies for those who don’t have a snack; however, it would be best if you could send something.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom, a Peaceful Sabbath,