Journal 2- A Concentration Camp Cowboy?



The shirt above has been the source of controversy across the world. The international clothing company Zara, based in Spain, has made this shirt for little boys. On the yellow badge, it says, “sheriff”. Many people think these shirts are reminiscent of the Holocaust, the yellow badges that the Nazis forced Jews to wear. Such rioting has cause the shirts to be taken out of Zara’s stores in the U.K. I agree that it looks like a Holocaust shirt, and it should be changed. Zara should’ve realized this earlier and changed the shirt. I think that Holocaust survivors would agree that it looks like the shirt they were forced to wear more than 70 years ago.





Journal 1- My Mitzvah

Last Friday, my mitzvah was making 100 meals for kids and delivering them to The Bridge, an organization that greatly helps kids with little to no money or food. The kids get dropped off after school and are given a snack. They then are divided up in “classrooms” by age and gender. They are given help with their homework, fed dinner, and then taken home. During the week the kids are provided breakfast and lunch by the school and dinner by The Bridge. However, or weekends they are given no food. Our meals that we gave them were there meals for the whole weekend.

We made the meals by dividing into groups, with 8th graders being leaders of the group. I was the leader of a group. We then made bags of food. We gave each bad an Uncrustable sandwich, a juice box, a pack of fruit snacks, crackers, and a few other things. Each kid was assigned to a food item. He/she then put their item in the bag and passed it on, like an assembly line. We then had more kids roll the bags up and count them.

I felt good about doing this project. It is one of my favorite mitzvah trips that we do. I felt happy to be able the give these kids the only meal for the weekend. It is an important project to feed the needy. We need to raise more awareness about this cause, of feeding the hungry. In reality, we do this every week, because students are required to give a food item or a dollar to tzedakah every Friday.


The Bridge’s main building in Jacksonville. Image Credit:¬†

Tanach Definitions

I had to do these definitions as homework a few days ago. Here’s the copy of it:

TANACH is the main book of Judaism, which we received on Mt. Sinai. It contains three collections of books: Torah, Neviim, and Ketuvim, which form the acronym TANACH. TANACH is also known as the BIBLE. However, the Christian Bible adds an extra part which talks about Jesus.


TORAH is the first part of TANACH. We read the TORAH on Mondays, Thursdays, and Shabbat. It is divided into 5 books (Bereshit, Shemot, Vayikra, Bamidbar, Devarim), which are divided into 52 parshas, or portions. The parsha we read for this week is called Parshat HaShavoua.


NEVIIM is the second part of TANACH. It is the writings of the Neviim, the Prophets. Parts of this book are taken as the Haftorahs. The reason the Sages decreed reading the Haftorahs is because the Greeks, when they ruled Israel, forced the Jews to not publicly say the TORAH, so instead, they picked parts of NEVIIM to be read that are similar to the Parshat HaShavoua.


KETUVIM is the last book of the TANACH. This books contains the 5 Megillot, Tehillim, and many other assorted writings. Pieces from KETUVIM are read at certain holidays.


CHUMASH is basically the TORAH. It is those five books we mentioned earlier, which also gives it the name THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES. We get the word CHUMASH from the Hebrew word for five, which is Chameysh.

Scientific Summer

This summer, I took a long and exciting trip to the Florida Keys. We stayed in Key Largo, and also went to Islamorada and Marathon. We snorkeled in John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo and off of Sombrero Beach in Marathon. I also bought tons of souvenirs. (As you could imagine, I had a really fun time). However, to get there, I had to take a six hour car ride down from Jacksonville. MC900189589 A map of Florida, with the Florida Keys above.  Image Credit: Microsoft Clipart

There is a lot of science involved in driving a car on trips. Well, first of all, we had to drive the car in a way that it didn’t crash or fail. We couldn’t drive too fast or the car would overheat and the engine would strain itself. Also, we had to calculate how far we could go before we had to refill. We also had to calculate the cost of gas, with gas currently about $3.60 a gallon. So, in conclusion, I had a very scientific summer!