Math Blog Post

As part of our final grade in Geometry we were tasked to split into teams and create a math game using the 3D printer and normal printing. We invented a play off of the classic tic tac toe game but with a math twist. In order to get a square you must solve a math problem from either Geometry, Algebra, or normal math. These are our game pieces and their boxes, as well as our game board.

Silicon

Silicon (Si) is the fourteenth element in the periodic table. It is in group fourteen, called the carbon group, and period three. Silicon is a metalloid, meaning it has the properties of both a metal and a nonmetal. It has fourteen protons, neutrons, and electrons. Its melting point is 2577 degrees Farenheit, and its boiling point is 5909 degrees Farenheit. At room temperature Silicon is a solid. Its atomic mass is 28.09. Silicon was discovered in 1824 by Jons Jacob Berzelius. Silicon was named after the Latin Silex, meaning flint. Its current cost is fifty cents per gram.

Kashrut

There is a saying that goes “You are what you eat.” I think this relates well to the laws of kashrut.By only eating kosher animals, we can become holier. I think this is important because eating kosher is a mitzvah. Sometimes eating kosher can be a challenge, but continuing to do so during trying times is an even greater show of faith. I think that saying you are what you eat is a good saying when related to judaism.

Libraries Shouldn’t Ban Books

Libraries Shouldn’t be Allowed to Ban Books

Imagine that your favorite food was tacos. Now imagine that tacos were banned in the United States. That is what it is like when libraries ban books. Libraries around the U.S. currently ban many books every year. Some formerly banned books include classics such as The Outsiders and Bridge to Terabithia.  Libraries, whether government or school, shouldn’t have the power to ban books that they find offensive because it could actually prove to be detrimental to the growth and development of young minds.

To begin with, sheltering children from an early age to certain books can stunt their understanding of certain aspects of society, as well as leave them handicapped in their knowledge. Not banning books actually exposes kids to certain ideas and lifestyles in a controllable and manageable way. This allows kids to learn about certain topics from correct sources, and not people who are possibly misinformed. Books raise awareness of societal issues, and not allowing children the opportunity to learn about these issues leave them susceptible to being manipulated in certain ways (“Ten Reasons”).

Additionally, banning books is a form of forcing your opinion on others. While parents should have the choice to forbid books for their own children, taking away the book so no one can read it is unfair and a way of controlling others. The Freedom of Information Act and Freedom of Speech, while not directly targeting issues like these, were both created to allow people access to information should they want it. Withholding certain books due to their “inappropriate content” isn’t proper. Letting people read these books allows them to make their own informed opinion on important issues such as drugs, alcohol, and social divisions in the United States (“Why”).

Lastly, books are the teachers of the young. Many young children learn vocabulary from books. Over thirteen books are banned every year in Texas alone (“LibGuides”). Books encourage imagination. Fantasy novels allow kids to believe in the impossible: letting them escape from their normal lives for thirty minutes to places of imagination. Taking certain books away from children would hinder their imagination and leave them with gaps in their ability to be creative.

In conclusion, while some would say that religion shouldn’t be included in books available to children, allowing kids to learn about religions without forming stereotypes or biases is a good thing (Crum). Banning books is a horrendous practice which needs to be abolished from libraries. Books that are banned often have the most potential to teach children about the world they live in. Kids can learn about right and wrong by learning from the mistakes of characters in books. Many banned books even go on to become classics. All books should be allowed in libraries, regardless of content.

 

Works Cited

 

Crum, Maddie. “Banned Books By The Numbers (INFOGRAPHICS).” The Huffington Post.

 

TheHuffingtonPost.com, 22 Sept. 2014. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.

 

“LibGuides: Banned Books: Reasons for Banning Books.” Reasons for Banning Books – Banned

 

Books – LibGuides at Butler University. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.

 

“Ten Reasons for Banning Books, and 5 Much Better Reasons Not To.” Punchnels. N.p., 27 Jan.

  1. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.

 

“Why We Should Never Ban Books.” Odyssey. N.p., 11 Aug. 2015. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.

 

Passover Symbols

I think that a sugar cube would make a good representation for Passover. A sugar cube would represent the hail that fell from the sky as part of the seventh plague. You would dissolve the cube in the salt water to further symbolize the bittersweetness of leaving Egypt, and how so many died. I think that a sugar cube would be a good addition to a seder plate.

Eat

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.

This paragraph has a big impact on me. My school does a mitzvah program where we help the less fortunate. We volunteer at Feeding America, a food bank that distributes fresh food to those in need. Having done the mitzvah program, has given me a greater understanding of how it is my responsibility to help people.

Megillat Esther

My class recently finished reading Megillat Esther. We learned all about Haman and Mordechai. We also learned, in depth, about the inner workings of the kingdom and the political dynamics. Although there was just one king, there were many different leaders and leadership styles. There was Haman, who wanted to rule, and was willing to do anything to achieve that goal. Mordechai, who was a fair and just ruler. Finally, there was the king himself, Achashverosh. He was constantly drunk and partying.

Achashverosh was the king of Persia. He was always partying. He also was very much a fan of wine. “For no fewer than a hundred and eighty days he displayed the vast riches of his kingdom and the splendid glory of his majesty.בְּהַרְאֹת֗וֹ אֶת־עֹ֙שֶׁר֙ כְּב֣וֹד מַלְכוּת֔וֹ וְאֶ֨ת־יְקָ֔ר   תִּפְאֶ֖רֶת גְּדוּלָּת֑וֹ יָמִ֣ים רַבִּ֔ים שְׁמוֹנִ֥ים וּמְאַ֖ת יֽוֹם׃” (Esther 1:4) “On the seventh day, when the king was merry with wine, בַּיּוֹם֙ הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔י כְּט֥וֹב לֵב־הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ בַּיָּ֑יִן” (Esther 1:10). Both of these quotes show how much King Achashverosh enjoyed partying and drinking. He was also very weak-willed. He agreed with whatever his advisors told him to do. When Memuchan said to banish Vashti, Achashverosh went along with it. When Haman asked the King if all the Jews could be killed, he said yes.

Haman was a ruthless advisor to the king. He was very anti-semitic. He wanted the systematic death of all the Jews. When Haman saw Mordecai, his entire day was ruined. “Yet all this means nothing to me every time I see that Jew Mordecai sitting in the palace gate,

וְכָל־זֶ֕ה אֵינֶ֥נּוּ שֹׁוֶ֖ה לִ֑י בְּכָל־עֵ֗ת אֲשֶׁ֨ר אֲנִ֤י רֹאֶה֙ אֶת־מָרְדֳּכַ֣י הַיְּהוּדִ֔י יוֹשֵׁ֖ב בְּשַׁ֥עַר הַמֶּֽלֶךְ׃” (Esther 5:13) This verse shows how much Haman hated Mordecai. He was willing to exterminate an entire culture just to rid himself of one problem.

Mordecai was a fair leader. He helped his cousin Esther become the queen. With her influence, he was able to influence the kingdom for the betterment of the people. He also saved the king’s life. He warned Achashverosh about the assassination plot by the two eunuchs. He didn’t ask anyone to do something he was unwilling to do. “When Mordecai learned all that had happened, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes. He went through the city, crying out loudly and bitterly, וּמָרְדֳּכַ֗י יָדַע֙ אֶת־כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֣ר נַעֲשָׂ֔ה וַיִּקְרַ֤ע מָרְדֳּכַי֙ אֶת־בְּגָדָ֔יו וַיִּלְבַּ֥שׁ  שַׂ֖ק וָאֵ֑פֶר וַיֵּצֵא֙ בְּת֣וֹךְ הָעִ֔יר וַיִּזְעַ֛ק זְעָקָ֥ה גְדֹלָ֖ה וּמָרָֽה׃” (Esther 4:1)This shows how willing he was to do the right thing.

In conclusion, there were many different styles of leadership in ancient Persia. There were ruthless, complacent, and strong leaders. I think that Mordecai was the best leader of ancient Persia. He was willing, smart, and brave.

To Kill a Mockingbird

These are two poems I wrote about the book To Kill a Mockingbird.  This book, by Harper Lee Collins, tells the story of a girl in Alabama that holds on to her beliefs while her father defends a black man in court. This classic takes place in the 1900s, back when segregation was big. These poems are about Atticus Finch and mockingbirds, respectively.

 

This is a poem about me.

I live in Maycomb county

I am a lawyer, I try to be fair.

If I weren’t it would be impossible to bear.

I am Attticus Finch, from Finch’s Landing,

My job can be pretty demanding.

I am defending Tom Robinson,

He supposedly denied Mayella oxygen.

She was purportedly raped,

As well as being bruised and scraped.

I believe he is innocent,

and that her father is the dissident.

I have two children,

 

I have never kept them hidden.

 

I taught them the truth of our existence,

 

That men need assistance.

 

People don’t see past the color of your skin,

 

Even if I consider that a sin.

 

Now I hear my children were targeted,

 

By someone like a sarcoptid.

 

They were almost stabbed,

 

But thank god they weren’t nabbed.

 

I owe Arthur a debt,

 

Though he told me not to fret.

 

END

 

Lovely Mockingbirds

Regaling us with singing

A sin it would be

To accidentally kill

They only do good

Innocence at its finest

Scout and Dill, Boo too

Maybe These are mockingbirds

Why kill mockingbirds?

Why destroy such innocence?

to hide, run away?

Afraid to admit

That you may be feeling guilt.

Do not feel such fear

Admit to having feelings,

That will set you free
END

Anti-Semitism

Purim is coming up quickly, and while some may take the story as a lighthearted telling of the megillah, some see it as a serious reading of a story of Jews prevailing in the face of anti-semitism. There is still serious anti-semitism still occurring in today’s society. In the story of Purim, the Jews were almost eradicated because one power-hungry man decided that he couldn’t stand to live with them. No one should be allowed to decide who has the right to live and die

Anti-semitism is the hostility towards, or prejudice against Jews. Many people hate the Jews. Many think they don’t have a right to exist or have a homeland. The Palestinians are currently in a war over who has a homeland. It is important not to give in to these radicals. We must fight this rise of ant-semitism. To normalize it is to accept defeat.

The story of Purim teaches us the importance of fighting for our rights. Esther, with the help of Mordecai, was able to defeat Haman’s plan. they fought for their rights and won. Haman was defeated and the Jews were allowed to fight back. The story of Purim is a good reminder of the resilience of Judaism.

The 11th commandment

If I could add an eleventh commandment, I would add don’t commit suicide. Many people commit suicide and I believe that if it were one of the ten (or eleven in this case) commandments many people wouldn’t commit suicide. I think that Don’t Commit Suicide is a worthy and good commandment.