Math Game

For the past few weeks, we have worked on a board game for math.  It is a tic tac toe type board game where you have to annswer questions about math.  We created three sets of cards at different difficulty levels.  To play the game you pic a set and roll the dice.  Each slot on the board has a number and the number you rolled on the dice is the number you have to answer a question for.  Each set has the questions numbered for the set, so you pick that question.  If you answer it wrong it ends your turn, but if you answer it correctly then you can place a X or an O on the board.  We created it with profesional printing for our cards and board and 3D printing for our game peices.


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The alkali metal sodium is an extremely important element.  Without sodium, no one would be able to salt their food.  Imagine the world without table salt.  It has an atomic mass of 23 and is the 11th element.  It is a solid at room temperature.  It was discovered in 1807 by Humphry Davy.  It got its name from the latin word sodanum.  Without sodium, no one would have the correct fluid balance in their cells either.  This just shows how important the element sodium is.


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You are what You Eat

There is a saying that everyone knows “you are what you eat.”  This is such a common saying that everyone makes jokes about, but what if you look at it in a religious context.  If we look at how this applies to the laws of kashrut then we will see something other than jokes.  You can look at this saying in many ways, and as we have just learned the rules of kashrut, I think it is applicable to talk about it with kashrut.

Kashrut has many different rules.  You can only eat certain foods in a large subsection of food.  We do this because god told us we can’t eat animals that don’t do or don’t have certain things.  For example, we can not eat fish without fins and scales.  This shows that Jews, who keep kosher, are special.  We only eat a subsection of special foods so, if we are what we eat, then we are a special subsection of humanity.


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Tennis Courts



Hard Courts Should be the only Court Available in Tennis


Imagine you had to be able to fit into four different types of pants at any given time.  This is what it is like playing tennis.  There are four different court types, and each tournament has a different court that they use.  Each court gives certain players an advantage.  The courts have varying costs with some being relatively cheap and some being expensive.  This is why hard courts should be the default court of tennis.  They are the most neutral court for playing and are fairly inexpensive.  


Firstly, each court type has a different cost.  They each have an initial cost and a maintenance cost.  Some courts have high prices for both, such as grass courts.  Some, like clay courts, are cheap to make but have a high maintenance price due to mother nature.  The only court that has a low maintenance cost and initial cost is the hard court.  Nature does not have as much of an effect on hard courts as it does on other courts, so the maintenance is low.  It is also fairly easy to install, so the initial cost is low (Types).


Additionally, each court has a different speed for the game.  The slower the game, the more fatigue the player will have.  Some courts, such as clay, have a very slow game, so the player will be more fatigued.  Hard courts have a fairly quick game, so there is minimal fatigue (Types). Some may say that because of the way the court is made, it causes more injuries, but this just is not true.  If you are expecting the impacts, you will not be prone to trip.  Some may also say that hard courts are too easy to hit winners, due to the way the court is made (Cooper).   The problem with that statement is that both players are on the same court, so they have an equal ability to hit winners as the other player.  


Lastly, each court has different effects on the player’s ability to win.  The clay court is good for players that have really good footwork, so they can easily move across the court.  If your volley is really good, then the grass court is the option for you.  Federer is a good example of this.  He has won eighteen Grand Slam tournaments.  Seven of those wins were at Wimbledon, a grass court.  He has only one once at the French Open which is a clay court.  However, hard courts are very neutral courts.  They do not favor any specific type of play style, which would make them an optimal choice for all tournaments (How).  


In conclusion, there are far too many types of courts in tennis.  If we want every match to be an even game, then we should switch to hard courts for every league.  Hard courts are not only the fairest option, but they are one of the cheapest options available.   They give no specific type of play style an advantage, so it is a fair game every time.  They are not like grass or clay courts which need constant maintenance.  In almost every way conceivable the hard court is the best court.


Works Cited


Cooper, Jeff. “Disadvantages of Fast Hard Courts.” ThoughtCo. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.


“How Do the Different Court Surfaces at the Majors Affect the Games and Mix of

Players?”Tennis – How Do the Different Court Surfaces at the Majors Affect the Games

and Mix of Players? – Sports Stack Exchange. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.


“Types of Tennis Courts.” APT Sports. N.p., 22 Oct. 2012. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.


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On Passover, the Jews repeatedly asked pharaoh for freedom but got refused every time.  He was too stubborn to simply let them go.  He did not want to let them go simply because he was stubborn.  A lot of people are extremely stubborn these days.  I believe people are stubborn because they just want to believe they are right no matter what.  If you think you are right but get proved wrong it is hard to admit that you are wrong.

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The Mitzvah Program

In the seder we are told this quote:

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 is telling us about how if anyone needs help we should invite them to our seder.  We are told this because we were oppressed at a point and we do not want to oppress anyone.  The story is about how we got freedom so we want everyone to be free and have food.

At the MJGDS I have been doing the mitzvah program for the past three years.  In this program, we go around the community and do various acts of kindness.  Many times we have helped feed the homeless or just give food to those who need it.  We try our best to make sure that everyone has food or that we at least have a helpful impact on someone’s day.

The mitzvah program has shown me how lucky I am.  So many people have worked their whole lives and have nothing to show, but I was born into so much.  I try to help anyone I can through either the mitzvah program or giving food to homeless on the street.  In the future, if I ever see someone needy I will remember the mitzvah program.

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Purim & Anti-SemitismI

Purim is a huge holiday for the Jews.  When most people think of Purim they think of costumes, parties, and fun, but this should not necessarily be the case.  Although those are all traditions they are not what the holiday is about.  It is about the Jews surviving a huge threat to their safety.    The story is not about how we should wear costumes and party; instead, it is about how we stopped a huge act of anti-Semitism.

The story tells us about Haman who wanted to kill every Jew.  He did not want to kill us because we were all crime lords, he wanted to kill us because we were Jewish.  He was just an anti-Semite.  Then it tells us how we turned everything around by having the queen reveal she was Jewish.  It was Ironic because Haman worshiped the queen and she was a Jew.  This tells us that he did not hate their individual personalities he just wanted them dead.

These lessons can help us in the fight against racism and anti-Semitism today.  Anti-Semitism and racism are still a huge problem with society today that need to be fixed.  The story shows that if we can get the powerful people to help then maybe it will go away.  If all the world leaders banded together and helped with the issue then maybe it would not be an issue anymore.

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11th Commandment

We were asked what would we say if we were allowed to pick the 11th commandment.  After thinking about this for a while I decided on what to say.  I think it should be “Thou shall always put forth thy most effort” or translated “You should always put forth your most effort.”  I say this because most of the time I don’t put much effort in and still get good grades and do fine in everything.  This is bad because if I can get all A’s with no effort who knows how good I could be if I really tried.  For most things, it is really bad not to put too much effort so it would be good if everyone did things with a lot of effort.

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Tu B’Shvat

This past week we went to The Coves to celebrate Tu B’Shvat.  The Coves is apartments for seniors.  We celebrated Tu B’Shvat there because if we hadn’t then they might not have been able to celebrate it.  It is also important that we celebrate with them because the trees that we got to grow up with were planted by their generation so we could enjoy them.  If their generation hadn’t planted trees when they were young then our generation would not be able to grow up with trees.

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Trees are Good, Trees are Great

Next week is Tu B’Shvat the birthday of the trees.  Since it is Tu B’Shvat we should be talking about the environment.   One thing everyone should be doing for the environment is trying to make the world more eco-friendly.  For example, you can recycle, stop littering, use an electric car, or even just spread the word about what you can do to help.  You can also donate money to the Jewish National Fund to plant a tree in Israel.

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