Journal 5- Shanah Tovah!

It is the Jewish New Year! A happy Rosh Hashanah and 5775 to any Jews reading this. Yom Kippur is this Saturday. The ten days from the first day of Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur are known as the Asara Yemini Teshuva, or Ten Days of Repentance. We are currently in the fifth day of that period.

What does repent mean? It means to sincerely pray to God, asking for whatever you wish, or maybe doing good deeds to repay for your sins. You could also repent to another person.

I need to repent for much. I have sinned in my religious beliefs. I have been disrespectful to my peers and elders. I have gotten in trouble in school. I am working on fixing these bad habits, and that shall continue throughout the year. I need to ask my friends for forgiveness, in case I accidentally offended them. I need to ask my teachers for forgiveness (If you’re reading this, teachers, I’m sorry). I need to ask my family, and, most of all, I need to ask God.

Journal 5- The 8th Grade Legacy

This year, I, along with my classmates, graduate from the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. For this year, we are the head of the schools. Our class is the top grade and the oldest in the middle school. (Except for me, as I skipped a grade). We need to show something that makes us different, what makes our class leaders. I think it should be the class that is acceptable of all grades and age. We can’t say, “Oh, they’re too little. We can’t hang out with them!” I believe we can do this by just attempting to talk to them. If we reach out to them, we will realize that they’re not so bad. We don’t have to be best friends, just try to do a little bit.

Math Blog Post 3

Here’s two more stories with holes that I figured out:

A man goes home, turns out the light, and goes to bed. He wakes
up the next morning, reads the newspaper, and kills himself

The man came home from work. He manages stocks. In the morning, he read in the newspaper that all of his stocks have dropped completely.

A man travels to twenty countries and stays in each country for a
month. During this time he never sees the light of day.

He is a prisoner who is being transported by night under trial in twenty countries. 



When I Overcame my Fear of Roller Coasters

Behold the day that I defeated my fear of roller coasters. About a year ago, I went to Busch Gardens. I went with Kadima and arranged to hang out with two other kids, John and Gary. At that time, I was scared of roller coasters and didn’t know what to do.

We got to Busch Gardens after a 3 hour drive from Jacksonville, and it was a nice day. It was clear and sunny, however a little too humid. There were a lot of people at the park. We dropped off our items and headed to the roller coasters. I didn’t mention to John and Gary that I was scared of roller coasters; I was ashamed of it.

We strolled over to the first ride, Montu. I revealed that I was scared of roller coasters. My friends were very upset. They tried to convince me to go on, but I refused. Eventually, John went on while Gary stayed with me. He got back, saying it was fun.

For the next hour and a half, we wandered around the park, not doing anything except for going on a water ride, which was fun. The whole time, they were convincing me to go on a roller coaster.

“There’s nothing to be worried about!” said John.

Gary said, “C’mon, Jake. It’ll be really fun!”


Finally, I succumbed.

They picked out a ride called Kumba, a medium-sized roller coaster at Busch Gardens. It was a 20-minute wait. I was very nervous and worried. What happens if I fall out? What happens if I vomit? All these thoughts and more were racing through my head. My friends kept telling me it’s fine, there’s nothing to worry about. Soon enough, our turn came.

We got into the car. I didn’t know what to do or think. I strapped myself in very tightly for fear that I would fall out. We rode in the front, because John and Gary said it would be easier that way. I still remember the ride going up and looking at the blue, partially cloudy sky before the car dropped.

I started screaming, but then I stopped. This isn’t so bad, I thought. I started to really enjoy it. This is really fun! I was laughing, smiling, and not scared a bit. Sadly, the ride ended. “You were right!”

After the ride, we got some ice cream, and I wasted some money on a claw game. We then went to Montu, the ride which only John went on first. It was one of those rides where you’re strapped in and your feet hang down. I was scared my feet were going to hit something! There was time for one more ride, so we went on the Cheetah Chase, where you reach 3G at one point and your heart stops for the smallest second.

Before I realized it, we had to go. This was an important day in my life, when I conquered roller coasters.


A map of Busch Gardens Image credit:

SBC- Challenge 1, Activities 1,7,9

It’s Student Blogging Challenge Time! The first week once more, and the thirteenth challenge. Since it’s the thirteenth challenge, every week there will be a challenge about the number 13. Anyway, off the to the activities!

Activity 1- comparison

Write a post comparing the different about me pages. Which one did you like the most and why?

I liked Felix‘s page the best because it was funny, very detailed, and gave everything about his life. He told his background, where he lives, what he likes to do, his friends, etc. It was a really good page.

Activity 7 – Write a post describing your avatar.

How much does it look like you? What sort of personality does your avatar have? What makes it typically you? Remember to include your avatar as an image in your post.


The above picture is my avatar. It represents me because it shows my brown hair and glasses. It also shows my favorite color (ALL OF THEM!) I made this in fifth grade, and even today it still represents me.

Activity 9 – 13th challenge

The answer is 13. What could the question be?

Don’t just use maths – how else could you get an answer of 13.

The question could be: How old are you when you become a bar mitzvah in Judaism?


A Conditional Statement and its Converse, Inverse, and Contrapositive

A conditional statement is an if-then statement. For example: If I eat an apple, then I will not be hungry anymore. The hypothesis is I eat an apple. The conclusion is I will not be hungry anymore. 

To make the converse, you switch the hypothesis and the conclusion around. For example: If I don’t want to be hungry anymore, then I will eat an apple. 

To make the inverse, you make the sentence negative. For example: If I don’t eat an apple, then I will be hungry.

To make the contrapositive, you do both; switch the hypothesis and conclusion and make them negative. For example: If I am hungry, then I don’t eat an apple.

My Bar Mitzvah Project

Well, my bar mitzvah is coming up quite soon. January 10, in fact. I want to help other kids enjoy their bar mitzvahs also. For my bar mitzvah project, I teamed up with Yad Eliezer, a Jewish charity organization, to give other kids their bar mitzvahs. For $1000, the group gives kids a pair of Tefillin, a Tallis, a Siddur, a new suit and a celebration meal for his family. Click here for my page.

I am hoping to sponsor two children, but if I must I will give to one.



Journal 3- Shabbos on the go

For this week’s mitzvah, I, along with a few other classmates, gave Shabbos baskets to people. We gave them a bag with two candles to light, a flower, and a small bottle of grape juice. The only other item we did not give was challah. We visited seven or eight people, and then gave flowers to two people at an elderly home. One of the ladies had recently turned 100! All of them were appreciative. I think this is important work because we need to help the elderly who cannot do so much on their own and bring religion into their lives.

Math Blog Post 2

For this week, I figured out two Stories with Holes- stories that you have to think out of the box to answer. Here are the stories, and the answers:

6. Osgood Farkle of Podunk County has married twenty different women from the same town.  All are still living, and he never divorced any of them.  Yet he broke no law.  How?

He was a minister, and married all of them at a wedding.

1. A man rode into town on Friday. He stayed for three nights and then left on Friday. How come?

His horse’s name was Friday.