Question of the week #1 – Due Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What is a mitzvah/מצוה ?

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Journal #26

Choice #1

There is a saying that goes “You are what you eat.” How do you think that this relates to the laws of Kashrut? Why would what we eat be a religious issue?

IF you observe the laws of kashrut (or are a vegetarian) how does observing these laws affect you? What do you like about it ? Why do you think the laws of kashrut are important?

Choice #2

Your school district is considering whether or not to make the Holocaust a required unit of study. Write a multi-paragraph letter to your School Board persuading them that the Holocaust is an important subject that all students should learn about.

Choice #3

Interview a survivor or write the story of someone who lost their life in the holocaust.


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Question #27

This week’s parsha, Shmini שמיני, contains many of the laws of Kashrut.
1. How do we know if an animal is considered kosher for slaughtering and eating?
2. Which fish/swimming things are kosher?
3. How do we know which birds are kosher?

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Journal #25

Choose to write a paragraph using one of these prompts:


  1. One of the songs sung on Passover is called Deyenu, which roughly means “it would have been enough.” It’s about how the Jewish people would have been happy with one miracle but ended up with many. Have you ever gotten an unexpected bonus? How did it make you feel and why?

2. When the Jews asked the Pharaoh of Egypt for freedom, he stubbornly refused to let them leave. Do you know anyone who is stubborn all the time? Why do you think it’s hard for some people to be flexible?

3. According to the Torah, God tried to sway the Pharaoh by unleashing a series of 10 plagues on the Egyptians, each one worst than the previous one. Create a conversation between two Egyptian guards witnessing both Pharaoh’s stubbornness and the plagues of frogs, locusts, blood water and more. What would their opinion be about letting the Jews free?

4. If you could add one ceremonial object or food item to the Passover seder what would it be and why? Make sure that it has legitimate symbolism connecting it to the holiday.

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Question #26

Complete the Passover Quiz and send me your grades.
(You may retake it as many times as you would like before sending me your score.)

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Question #25

This Shabbat (20th of Adar/March 18th) is Shabbat Parah / שבת פרה.
How is it determined when we celebrate Shabbat Parah?

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Journal #24

6th and 7th   grades:

Describe ONE meaningful Mishloach Manot delivery.

8th grade:

During the seder we read הָא לַחְמָא עַנְיָא . Part of the paragraph tells us

כָּל דִכְפִין יֵיתֵי וְיֵיכֹל, כָּל דִצְרִיךְ יֵיתֵי וְיִפְסַח. 

Let all who are hungry come and eat,

let all who are in need come and make Pesach.

Using these words are a starting point, share how your experience in the MJGDS mitzvah program has impacted you now, and perhaps, for the future.

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Question #24

Complete this Purim Quiz. Send me your score. If you score BELOW 70 please retake it. You are allowed to take it as many times as you want until you get the highest score up until the day it is due.

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Journal #23

Write a minimum of 3 paragraphs. 

When we think about Purim we think about costumes, carnivals and fun. Actually though, the Purim Story is  a story that teaches about fighting against Ant- Semitism. The 2,000-year-old tale of heroes and villains offers important lessons about successfully responding to hatred in our own time
In your blog post this week define Anti-Semitism. Explain how the Purim story teaches about a fight against Anti-Semitism. Finally, explain how these lessons can be applied to the hatred we are seeing today.

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Question #23

What are the 4 mitzvot for the observance of PURIM – פורים?

What are 4 mihagim (customs) ?

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