Jewish Holidays

Since I am Jewish, I celebrate different holidays. One is Shabbas. It is every Saturday. The High Holidays are coming up. These holidays are Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hoshana Rabah, Succos, Shemini Atzeret and Simchas Torah. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur is the day of repentance. We stay in synagogue all day and fast. On Hoshana Rabah Jews beat willow branches. Succos is actually a week when we make a hut, and we eat our meals in it. Shemini Atzeret is a day when G-d “stays an extra day in our huts.” Simchas Torah is the day we start reading the Torah again.

We then celebrate Chanukah in December. Chanukah’s duration is 8 days. We are celebrating when the Macabees defeated the gigantic Roman army. The Macabees’ oil also lasted 8 days when it should of lasted one day. After Chanukah is Tu B’Shvat. That is the birthday of trees. Pesach comes next. It is when we celebrate being freed from slavery. Lag B’Omer is when Rabbi Akiva’s students stopped dying from a disease. Next is Shavuos, when when Jews god the Torah from G-d. Those are the Jewish Holidays in a year. Our holidays are different from other religions!

Marlins Game!

MJGDS has a girls volleyball team, the Marlins. They are having a game on September 27, 2011. What I think is really nice is that they are having a Study Hall where kids can do their homework before the game. Then their parents meet them during the game. The Marlins played the first away game in MJGDS’s 50 year history on September 21,2011. They lost then, but I hope they win next time! A third of my class is in the Marlins!

Here is a link to the picture of the MJGDS Marlins :

http://www.mjgds.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/volleyball.jpg

 

1st VPK Visit of the Year!

My school does a activity where 4th and 5th Graders have a VPK buddy. The school does that so when the VPK kids go into Kindergarten, they have a friendly face to see. My buddy’s name is Eli. We learned stuff about our buddy by asking a questionare. Then we helped them make Rosh Hashana cards. Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year.

Click here to see the video.                                                       

 

Where I Want To Go

I have always wanted to go to New York City. I have been there already, but all I did is go to a museum, and eat at a Chinese restaurant. I want to see the Empire State Building. I also want to learn about its history. I want to get a NYC spoon because I collect spoons. Where have you always wanted to go?

Here is a link to the Empire State Building Website :

http://www.esbnyc.com/

 

5th Grade Hockey Season

We finished a Hockey Season yesterday. We’ve been playing the season for 3 weeks. First we did the games, then the playoffs, finally the championship. My team was the Panthers. The other teams were the Sharks and Lightning. The team that had the most points went to the championship. The way points worked is 3 for a win, 1 for a tie and none for a loss. My team had 10 points, the Sharks 18 and the Lightning 19. The Sharks won the championship. The season was intense!

Smile! A Flashing Morning

This morning, instead of doing work we did a activity that involved cheese and flashes- it was picture day!

First for a Flashy morning they took a Staff Picture. A mom came to watch us for 10 minutes. Then the whole school took a picture. I dislike this. Then I took a picture with my sister, who is in Kindergarten. Then I prayed in honor of Shabbas starting. Next I took the class picture, then the indivudials. I really liked this “cheesy” morning!

Jacob’s Rescue- A Holocaust Story

My classes’ summer project was to make a movie poster of Jacob’s Rescue. It is a Holocaust story telling of how Jacob Gutgeld surived the Holocaust. Here is a summary of the book:

The book starts by telling how his life before WWII was. Jacob lived in a mansion complete with butlers and servants. His mother died when she gave birth to his youngest brother, David. He has another brother, Sholom. When Jacob and his Aunt and Grandmother were sent to the ghetto, they were sent away to farms. He was rescued by Alex Roslan and his wife, Mela and two kids : Yurek and Marishka.

Alex has to bargin well so they have enough food for Jacob also.Marishka brings lessons home to Jacob so he can study. One time Alex’s friends came over and almost found out about Jacob. After that Alex made a special hiding place. They have to move to another neighborhood. One of the neighborhood kids comes over, and he almost finds out about Jacob.

The Roslans take in Jacob’s brother Sholom. Soon after he comes in, he dies of a fever. Jacob catches the fever too, and Alex has to sell the apartment. He has to sell the apartment so Jacob can have surgery. The move into a crowded, drty apartment. On the raido, Jacob and the Roslans hear how the Jews in Warsaw are fighting back.

The Roslans take in Jacob’s other brother David. Yurek gets shot by a Nazi. The Roslans then move to a tiny town. The town is called Kasminsk, and it is where Mela’s brother lives. The Russians liberate the town, and Jacob meets a Jewish Russian soldier. Jacob and David go back to Isreal. There they meet their father in Isreal.

Everything, as it says in fairy tales, is Happily Ever After!

 

The Jew who did his share- Einstein

Albert Einstein the Jew.

You probally heard of Albert Einstein. He was the smartest man in the world, discovered E=Mc2………and a Jew!

Albert was born on March 14, 1879 in Wurrtenberg, Germany. When Little Albert was 6 weeks old, his family moved to Muinch.  He started a Catholic school (they weren’t observant Jews) at age 5. When he was 8, he transferred to the Luitpold Gymnasium. He showed an intrest in mathmetics as a kid.  When his family moved to Italy, Albert had to stay behind to finish school.

In 1902,Einstein and his future wife had a kid, who they gave to an orphanage. He married Mileva Maric in January 1903. Their two sons, Hans and Eduard, were born 6 years apart. They divorced in Febuary 1919. In June 1919, Einstein married Elsa Lowenthal, who died in 1936.

He was awarded a PhD from the Universty of Zurich on April 1905. Einstein was recognized as a leading scientist in 1908. He was also promoted lecturer at the University of Bern. He   quit the job the same year to go to the University of Zurich. In 1919, a man confirmed facts that Einstein discovered, which made him famous. He got a Nobel Prize in 1922, and Einstein was awarded the Copley Medal in 1925.

He eimgrated to the U.S. as soon as Hitler came to power. When WWII started, Albert Einstein warned President Roosevelt that Germany might be making atomic bombs. Roosevelt put him in charge of the Manhattan Project, the one that created the atomic bomb.

Einstein took a job at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, which he held until his death. In May 1933, the Nazis burned his books and works. He discovered he had a reward of death for $5,000 dollars, nowadays worth $90,000.   When other scientists from Germany fled to America, he wrote “I have never felt so Jewish.” Einstein, with other immgrated scientists, warned the U.S. that Germany might  build the atomic bomb, but the first time his warnings were ignored.

He became a American citizen in 1940. In 1952, David-Ben Gurion asked Einstein if he would like to become the Prime Minister of Israel. Albert refused, saying that he “lacked the apitude and experience to deal properly with people and to exercise offical functions.”

On  April 17th, 1955, an internal organ inside Albert Einstein’s body exploded. He didn’t want to have surgery, saying that ”  It is tasteless to prolong life artificially.” He also said that “I have done my share.” He was working on scientific papers the next morning when he died at 1 AM. He was cremated the same day, but scientists kept his brain in hopes of discovering what made him so smart.

One of the greatest  people in the world was from a religon that was hurt the most. Just goes to show that it matters by how the personality is, not what color or what language they speak. What matters is how they act.