Shalom Parents! I hope you had a meaningful Yom Kippur! Last week was a wonderful whirlwind of learning! We focused on some basics, such as Judaism having its own calendar; that our common Jewish history and the background for what we do and believe as Jews is found in the Torah; and the Torah is written in Hebrew. We learned that the Hebrew day starts at sunset - that's a little confusing, isn't it? But it will help explain when our holidays and Shabbat start. We also talked about Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. The Jewish year is now 5779. (That is not meant to be taken as the literal age of the world; much of what we learn in the Torah is metaphor and/or requires additional explanation! e.g., "an eye for an eye" is about monetary compensation, NOT revenge.) On Rosh HaShanah, we repent (say we are sorry), pray and give tzedekah, which is a donation, whether that be money, time, clothing, food, etc. This helps remind us it is time to think about how to be a better person in the coming year. On Yom Kippur, tradition teaches us that our "fate" for the coming year is sealed - but if we have truly prayed, repented and vowed to help others in creating a just society (i.e., tzedekah), we will have a year blessed with life.
REMINDER: Please pack a nut-free snack for your child! Also, I did not distribute the bookbags or index cards last week; they will be distributed this week.