Welcome to the first week of SSJS! After spending some time getting to know each other, we took a look at the Hebrew calendar. Each student has an English (Gregorian) calendar with the Hebrew calendar dates, and other pertinent information, listed on the corresponding English date. We also read a story about a very stingy merchant who was taught a valuable lesson by King Solomon.
Beginning this coming Sunday, Sept. 15th, we will collect tzedakah every week. Any spare change, even a penny or two, is appreciated. I want the students to have the opportunity to fulfill this mitzvah - commandment - for themselves as often as possible. In Judaism, tzedakah is not a choice, as is philanthropy; rather, it is an obligation incumbent upon the Jewish people to help ensure TZEDEK - Justice. I.e., we cannot have a just society without helping each other. The concept is more akin to a tax than charity.
I look forward to spending Sunday mornings with your children as we learn about Jewish holidays, Jewish Torah history, and Jewish values. If you need to reach me at any point throughout the year, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 617-872-7048. If you know your child will be out on an upcoming Sunday, please do let me know so I can prepare the correct amount of materials.
Morah Vicky (ask your child if s/he remembers what Morah means :-)