Question #27

What famous blessing is found in the Book of Numbers 6:24-26, in this week’s parsha.

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Journal #25

In our meaningful moment video this morning we heard two great quotes:

“Shoot for the moon, if you miss you will hit the stars.”


“Do something today that will make you proud when you look back in the future.

Connect one of these quotes to yourself in a GOOD paragraph.

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Question of the week

Do not forget that 6th and 7th graders must complete the Hiddon Tanach study guide and hand it in on Thursday. 8th graders must turn it in the Tuesday after Shavuot.

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Journal #24

This weekend we will celebrate Mother’s Day. Why, according to Jewish law, should we observe Mother’s Day? Write a good paragraph explaining.

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Journal #23

Connect one of the quote below to our project today, planting at the Metro North Nutritional Garden.

Ta’anit 20b
When Rav Huna would eat a meal, he would open his door and say, “Whoever is in need, let that person come and eat.”

Midrash Vayikra Rabba 34:4
If the rich man says to the poor man, “Why do you not go and work and get food? Look at those hips! Look at those legs! Look at that fat body! Look at those lumps of flesh!” The Holy One, Blessed be He, says to the rich person, “It is not enough that you have not given him anything of yours and helped him out, but you must set an evil eye upon (make fun of/mock) what I have given him, must you?”

“To share our bread with the hungry,
and to bring to the homeless, shelter;
to clothe the naked,
and to refuse to turn aside at human injustice.”

Jerusalem Talmud Demai 4:1/ Gittin 61a
In a city where non-Jews and Jews live, the tzedakah collectors collect from Jews and non-Jews and support Jewish and non-Jewish poor; we visit Jewish and non-Jewish sick and bury Jewish and non-Jewish dead, and comfort Jewish and non-Jewish mourners, and return lost goods of non-Jews and Jews, to promote the ways of peace.

When you are asked in the world to come, “What was your work?” and you answer, “I fed the hungry,” you will be told, “This is the gate of the Lord, enter into it, you who have fed the hungry.”

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Journal #22

Write a minimum of 2 good paragraphs. Use the questions below help. Make sure that you include the verse from Pirke Avot and connect it to today’s project. 
After spending the morning with the students from the Al-Farqun Academy, what did you learn from their students? How did you feel about the morning together? Why is it especially important for Jewish and Muslim students to spend time together? Connect this to the verse from Pirke Avot, “אַל תִּפְרֹשׁ מִן הַצִּבּוּר – Do not separate yourself from the community”

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Question #26

Students in the Martin J Gottlieb Day School have been invited to participate in a “Chidon Tanach – חדון תנך״ ” – A “Bible Contest.” The actual contest will take place on the 2nd day of Shavuot. The questions to prepare for the contest are attached to this post. Answering them will be instead of ” Question of the week” from now until May 29th so you must complete it even if you do not intend to participate in the חדון תנך. 

The study guide will be graded and will count as “Question of the Week” for the month of May. I will give some class time to work on it the 3 rd week of May but I strongly recommend beginning right away as there are a lot of questions. Shavuot quiz


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Journal #21

We have spent a lot of time talking about Kavod and Kindness this year. Despite these conversations we continue to have instances when students speak to each other without being kind, without Kavod. What can you do to make sure that you are treating others with kavod and kindness? What changes do you need to make? How can you stop yourself when you get ready to speak in an unkind way? What can you do when you get ready to speak or act in a disrespectful way?
Give a detailed answer to this. Think hard about who you may have been unkind or disrespectful to and how you can improve your behavior.
I understand that some of you may choose to answer this privately. You can send it to me as a comment on my blog or post on your own blog.

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Question #25

This week we read the parsha Metzora. What disease is discussed?

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Journal #20

Today we observed Yom HaShoah. In 2-3 good paragraphs explain why you believe it is important to observe a day remembering the Shoah.

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