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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.

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.

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.

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.

Observing Yom HaShoah

Recently, we observed Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was an important event in history, although not a good one. It is important that the Holocaust is remembered because it was such a terrible event and took the lives of millions. We need to remember it so it doesn’t happen again. If we forget, people will deny the Holocaust even happening, and it would be like they were all forgotten. The people who died would not be honored and respected.

The people who survived the Holocaust should share  their stories. Will need to be informed of what happened and so it will never happen again. The Holocaust remembrance day is sad and serious day for everyone. We need to be informed of what happened and so it will never happen again. The Holocaust remembrance day is sad and serious day for everyone. In Israel  a siren goes off and everyone sanding silence to remember the Holocaust. The Holocaust is something that we need to remember.

My Favorite Recipe

For journal this week, I decided to post my favorite recipe for Passover. I use chocolate chips instead of raisins, and I don’t use walnuts.

Mock Oatmeal Drop Cookies

  • 1 cup matzah farfel
  • 1 cup matzah meal
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Combine matzah meal, farfel, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Beat eggs and oil until frothy in a separate bowl. Pour mixture over dry ingredients. Mix well. Fold in nuts and raisins. Grease a cookie sheet. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet, allowing 2 inches of space between cookies. Bake in a 350~ oven for 20 minutes. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.Penina W. Freedenberg, Rockville, MD

Big Miracle

This week we watched a movie called Big Miracle. It’s about 3 whales stuck surrounded by ice in Barrow, Alaska. The people of the small town were reluctant at first, since whales are an important resource in Alaska. An animal rights activist named Rachel, flew all the way to Alaska to save the whales. The movie was based on a true story. At first, no one wanted to help, except for a reporter named Adam Carlson. Adam was the first to see the struggling whales, unintentionally. He was filming someone when he saw a blow spout.

People from all over the country came to report there to get public attention. The family of whales named Wilma, Fred, and Bam Bam, who was under a year old. Bam Bam was injured and was not doing well. There was a huge chunk of ice blocking the whales from being able to migrate to Mexico. Everyone was beginning to worry, since the temperature was -70 degrees.

This relates to צר בעלי חיים, the ethical treatment of animals relates to this movie. Rachel went scuba diving to save Bam Bam because he had a net around his tail. The National Gaurd sent 2 helicopters to bring something to break the ice. Everyone was reluctant at first, but they came to help. New anchors came from all over the country. People were with the whales all hours cutting the ice.

What I’m Grateful For

For our journal assignment, we were supposed to show how we are grateful. I created a Word Art of all of the things in my life that I’m grateful for.

Shalach Manot

On Friday, middle school went to deliver Shalach Manot for Purim. Here is a picture.

Hey, Little Ant

We just finished a book called Hey, Little Ant, by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. It is about a boy who sees an ant on the sidewalk and is deciding if he should squish it. To his surprise, the ant talks to him and begs him to let him live. The story ends asking what you would do. Would you squish the ant or not? I would not squish the ant because the ant never did anything. The boy wants to squish him because his friends squish ants all the time.

This goes with a Jewish law: צער בעלי חיים
the ethical treatment of animals. The basic idea of this is that the benefit for humans has to outweigh the pain and suffering of animals. The benefit of the boy doesn’t outweigh the pain and suffering of the ant, so he shouldn’t step on the ant. Although some ants are pests, this ant in the story didn’t do anything. The ant should live because the boy didn’t have a reason to kill the ant.