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Jewish Studies

There’s Always Time For a Mitzvah

Our class will be graduating from the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School soon which means that any mitzvah projects we would like to participate in will have to be on our own time. I have done so many mitzvah projects with Morah Eta over the passed three years that I can barely keep track of … Continue reading »

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It’s The Thought That Counts

On Friday, the middle school went on a mitzvah trip to perform a model seder at Mt. Carmel which is a place for senior apartment living. It is meant for low income senior citizens who don’t have enough money for places like River Garden or The Coves. Most of the people at the model seder … Continue reading »

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More Than Just a Place

“What greater gift than the love of a cat.” – Charles Dickens Katz 4 Keeps is more than just a place. It’s a state of mind. For those of you who don’t know what Katz 4 Keeps is, Katz 4 Keeps is a place where people can come in to adopt kittens or cats that … Continue reading »

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Mishloach Manot Deliveries

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Purim: A Serious, but Joyous Occasion

When you think of fun gift baskets that are filled with candy, you wouldn’t associate that mitzvah with another mitzvah on Purim that involves giving to the poor, right? Well think again. The mitzvah I am talking about that involves gift baskets is called Mishloach Manot. This mitzvah basically tells you to prepare a gift … Continue reading »

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Hunger of the Soul

In the Haggadah, a paragraph called הא לחמא עניא states: Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in need come and make Pesach. In many ways, this reflects some of my experiences on mitzvah trips at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School and even some of my experiences from driving down a highway … Continue reading »

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Equality is a Perspective

The Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal and they have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As an American citizen, these words hold real meaning for me because in America, you can do anything you set your mind to. Our country is called the land of opportunity … Continue reading »

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Giving On My Own Accord

This week for my journal, Morah Eta asked me to give an example of how I observe Hiddur Mitzvah. Before I can tell you how I observe this mitzvah, you need to know the meaning of Hiddur Mitzvah. Hiddur Mitzvah is the act of taking a regular mitzvah and beautifying it or making that mitzvah … Continue reading »

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A Letter of Understanding

Dear parents of Hadar Cohen, My name is Elior and I live in the U.S. You may never know me and I may never know you, but I have some things I’d like to say about your daughter, Hadar. Hadar Cohen was a very brave person to give up her life like that. Not only … Continue reading »

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Praying With Action

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once said, “When I marched in Selma, I felt like my legs were praying.” This is a very interesting quote for many reasons. Usually when you think of prayer, a picture comes into your mind of a bunch of people singing in a synagogue, church, or mosque. You never think of … Continue reading »

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