What a lovely sukkot! Not only did we have time to learn about the holiday but we also discussed sustainable building practices and did a building challenge out of tooth picks and gum drops. The students did so well their structures were able to hold up my financial accounting text book! The students seemed to really love Judaism and environmental ethics! Next week we start holocaust studies.
Yesterday was a wonderful class with lots of meaningful discussions. We discussed the poem Unetaneh Tokef and the meaning of the quote "On Rosh Hashana, it was written and on Yom Kippur, it was sealed". We then compared the idea "that every action that we do is written down" to our ecological footprint and calculated the class's footprint on this calculator. https://www.footprintcalculator.org/. Finally, we talked about the ten days or redemption between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and how it is important to change your ways and not just say "im sorry". We ended the class by talking about habit changes that could lead to a decrease in our environmental footprint.