Author Archive

Puddin’

This summer I read a book called Puddin’, by Julie Murphy. It’s a dual narrative about two teens named Millie and Callie. Millie has gone to “fat camp” since she was little, but this year she’s determined not to. Although Callie is next to be captain of the dance team and has a popular boyfriend, she has more frenemies than friends. Callie thinks she has it all, and she does, until one day when everything changes. When Millie and Callie become friends, they surprise everyone, (including themselves), they realize they have more in common than they think. Can Callie and Millie keep their friendship? This is a teen book, but I would recommend it to anyone who likes a story of an unlikely friendship.

 

Shoot for the Moon

I think that the quote: “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” is a great quote by Norman Vincent Peale. It is an inspiring quote that even you don’t achieve your goal, you’ll still be able to achieve something. If you have big dreams, you should try to accomplish them, even if you don’t succeed. You will still be better off than you started. It is something to think about if you’re doubtful of something, knowing that you will accomplish something, whatever that will be. I like this quote because it tells you to always try and never give up because you can always accomplish something.

Catching Fire

I recently finished Catching Fire, by Suzzane Collins. It is the second book in the Hunger Games. The two competitors from district twelve, Katniss and Peeta, won the Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta are living in Victors’ Village, after winning the Games. They went to all of the districts to celebrate with them. That year was the Quarter Quell, where something exciting happened. Quarter Quells happen every twenty-five years. That year all of the people who had won the Hunger Games (that were still alive) were to compete in another Hunger Game. Katniss will have to compete in another Game, after barely surviving the first one. Will she be able to survive again? I really enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait to read the last book, MockingJay. 

Mother’s Day

We should celebrate Mother’s Day because we should honor our mothers. It is also one of the Ten Commandments. You should honor your parents because they take care of you. If you didn’t have parents taking care of you, it would be hard as a child to take care of yourself. You should honor and be in awe of your parents.

Multiplying Negative Numbers

In math we learned how to multiply negatives. If you multiply one negative and one positive, it’s a negative. If you multiply 2 negatives, it’s a positive. So -2 times 4 is -8. -2 times -4 equals 8.

The Hunger Games

I recently finished the book The Hunger Games, by Suzzane Collins. It is about a girl named Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the ruins of North America. There are  12 districts, ruled by the Capitol. Katniss lives in poverty in district 12. Every year, each district holds a reaping, where they select one boy and one girl from each district to compete in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are held in the Capitol, and everyone tries to make it out alive. It is held in an arena designed by the game makers.  The competitors have to fight and kill each other to win. Katniss’s sister was selected, but she chose to take her place. She will be going with the baker’s son, Peeta. Only one can survive. Who will win the Hunger Games? I found the book extremely exciting nd interesting. It is a little violent, but I would recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction and adventure.

Planting at Metro North Nutritional Garden

On Friday, we went to the Metro North Nutritional Garden to plant seasonal vegetables. I think it relates to the following:

Ta’anit 20b
When Rav Huna would eat a meal, he would open his door and say, “Whoever is in need, let that person come and eat.”  I think this is something that ties into what we did. The garden is for the people of that neighborhood to get fresh food. So if they’re in need of produce they can come and eat. This is exactly what we did. People who are in need can come and eat.

Math Riddle

I looked for some math riddles this week, and I found a few good ones. There are more on this website: http://www.mathwarehouse.com/riddles/math-riddles.php

Here are a couple that I liked:

How can you use 8 8s to get to 1,000 using only addition. Hint: you can make the 8s multiple digits, like 88. Click the link to find the answer.

Two fathers and two sons sat down to eat eggs for breakfast. They ate exactly three eggs, each person had an egg. Click the link to find the answer.

 

 

Teaching about Judaism

On Friday, the students from the Al-Farqun Academy came to visit. We explained basic things about Judaism, and we learned a few things about their religion as well. We then went to Habijax, Habitat for Humanity. I had a great time and would love to do it again. It is important to spend time with people of other cultures because as Jewish people, it’s important to be welcoming.

This ties into the verse: “אל תפרש מן הצבור- Do not separate yourself from the community”. You should learn about other religions, and be part of the community. I think it was a great experience for me to learn about their religion a little bit, as well as them learning about ours. I felt excited to teach other people about Judaism. It was a lot of fun to make friends while doing a mitzvah, by cleaning up the Habijax neighborhood.

Adding Integers

In math, we learned how add integers. Here’s an example.