SBC C6- A3, 4, 7

This post is also a week late. I’m sorry about that.

ACTIVITY 3-  Are there any cultural events that directly relate to the old country from which your ancestors came?

Well, yes. My ancestors came from Europe. Germany, Russia, Poland, Great Britian, Hungary, and Austria. If you are Jewish (like me), you have different customs depending on where you or your ancestors lived. European Jews are called Ashkenazi. Ashkenazic Jews will not eat rice on Passover, but other types of Jews will. Ashkenazis are the ones with the big fur hats and black coats. They’re the ones who eat matzah ball soup and gefilte fish. So that could be considered customs from my grandparents.

ACTIVITY  4- How many generations do you go back before you find an ancestor immigrating to your present country? For example on my mother’s side of the tree, I can go back 5 generations to my great great great grandparents who were sent out from England as convicts to Australia.

On my mother’s side, I go back 3 generations, to my great-grandfather who escaped from Poland as a boy, before World War II started. On my father’s side, I don’t have any clue.

ACTIVITY 7- Visit blogs written by students from other countries.

I visited Emmalle’s blog. She is from Ireland. I liked her blog because she chose to make it on her own. She didn’t have to make one for school (like I did). She writes about how she feels and isn’t afraid to speak her opinion. Visit her blog here:










SBC C4- A2

Sorry this is late. School has been keeping me occupied. Hope you still enjoy it!

ACTIVITY 2- Which of these topics affect your country? What is your government doing about it? If you are able, without getting into trouble, give your opinion of the topic and how it affects you as a student. What could you as a student or class do to help solve the problem?

The government shutdown is obviously effecting the US. However, many people don’t really know what it means. The government shutdown is when all of the national parks close, 800,000 government employees don’t get paid (but Congress does), and Medicare applications come to a stop. That’s how much I know. It was caused because the Democrats and the Republicans could not reach an agreement on what to do about the budget. All that my government is doing is arguing about it and not coming to a solution.To tell you the truth, there isn’t anything I can do except hold my hands over my head and wait until it’s over.

NOTE- The government shutdown is over, for now. This post is very late.


Prayer Session

As the First Nine Weeks of the school year come to a close, so does my Tuesday morning prayer session. My class has been doing this with Dr. Mitzmacher instead of the regular service. We have been asked to reflect on this class, specifically the 5 reasons of why to pray and which ones we agree with. First, I will list the 5 reasons to pray:

1. Prayer as Self-Discipline- Prayer is an art and a skill. Just like any hobby, praying must be practiced often and worked to perfection. If praying is something that really matters to us and we care about it, then we will always do it. “Disciplining  oneself to pray regularly is the only way to achieve that magnificent experience of emotionally fulfilling prayer.

2. Prayer as Self-Analysis and Ethical Consciousness Raising- “One of the tasks of prayer… is to push us from where we are (emotionally, intellectually, interpersonally) to where we ought to be.” Daily prayer helps us to do this. It trains us to do what we know is right, and fight for our beliefs. The self-analysis in prayer is comparing us to the laws, ethics, and morals that shape Judaism.

3. Prayer as the Link Between Individuals and the Community- As any Jew knows, without a minyan (group of 10 Jewish men), you can’t do most of the prayers. This law teaches us that Jews always have to stay together. Prayer services can be a time to meet, like having a meeting and then going to pray. In Judaism, the three prayer services can serve as important times for meetings and the such.

4. Prayer as a Response to the Wonder of Being Alive- “Perhaps the real secret of being able to pray is in retaining an almost childish sense of wonder and awe at the incredible fact of merely being alive.” Sometimes, we take advantage of the fact that we can wake up every day.

I’m sorry, but I forgot number 5. Anyway, I agree with number 4 the most. The first thing we’re supposed to do when we wake up is to say Modeh Ani. We thank G-d for letting us wake up again.