On Friday, our middle school went to the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. A wildlife sanctuary provides shelter for animals that are either abandoned, not cared for, or their owners have no license to own them. At the Catty Shack, they don’t buy, trade, or sell the animals, they only let people donate them. They also don’t breed the animals because they only take care of the ones that need a place to live.
There is a mitzvah called T’zar Ba’aley Chaim, the ethical treatment of animals. This means that you should treat animals with respect and care. Some things that you can’t do is abuse, starve, whip, endanger, or harm the animals.
The Catty Shack does follow the mitzvah of T’zar Ba’aley Chaim because they take good care of their animals. Their cages are a good size, they supply food for the animals everyday, they give water to the animals, they give the animals things to play with, and they don’t forcefully breed them. I think that the Catty Shack is a good place, and all of their volunteers care for the animals kindly.
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In math, we have been doing a lot with sine, cosine, and tangent. I learned that a good way to remember it, is by doing SOH-CAH-TOA. Look at the picture below for an explanation.
On Friday, we watched a short video in school about this woman who is the oldest Holocaust survivor. She is 109 years old, and her secret to life is, “I see beauty everywhere.” For her to deal with being a survivor, she makes sure that she doesn’t forget the bad things, but she looks over them, so she can see good things. I think that she has an amazing look on life. Her attitude is so positive, and that is why she is probably living at the age she is. It’s said that the happier you are, the longer you live. This woman is someone that people should look up to because she loves living her life, and she doesn’t dwell on the bad and horrific memories.
This week in math, we learned about vectors. Here is a video on how to put a vector in component form.
This week in math was very difficult for me. We learned about tangents, sines, and cosines. In order to figure that out, you need to know the basics on how to find certain angles and sides in triangles. Here is an example of how to do that.
There is an institute called the Aleph Institute that provides service to Jewish prisoners. Many people might think, “Why would I want to help someone who is in prison?” That is what my first impression was until I put some deep thought into this. Just because someone is imprisoned doesn’t mean that they are a “bad person.” They won’t have a good reputation, and people might not trust them, but they still are people. That is where the Aleph Institute comes in. They provide certain religious items to the Jewish prisoners to keep their religious beliefs strong and hope that they will seek for forgiveness. As we are told in the Torah, “Love your neighbor as you would love yourself.” This is why it is important to still care about the Jews that are imprisoned.
Dear Wannabe Smoker,
Back when the responsas were written about if smoking should be permitted, tobacco was considered to be healthy. Tobacco helped people digest food, cleanse the mouth, and help blood circulation in the body. When the Torah was written, there were no such thing as cigarettes, so there wasn’t a way to know if it was permitted in the Jewish law. In the book of D’varim chapter 4:15, the Torah says וְנִשְׁמַרְתֶּם מְאֹד לְנַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם. This means that you should be protective of your soul.
In modern times, everyone knows that cigarettes are very damaging to the human body. They make your lungs weaker, and they can lead to heart disease, strokes, and various types of cancers. In class, we are learning about the mitzvah of Pekuach Nefesh, saving a Jewish life. In the Torah, D’varim 30:19, it says הַחַיִּים וְהַמָּוֶת נָתַתִּי לְפָנֶיךָ. This means “I have set before thee, life and death.” By smoking cigarettes, you are slowly killing yourself. G-d will know when it’s the right time for your life to end. Your body belongs to G-d; it’s something that you should not destroy. Therefore, smoking shouldn’t be permitted in the Jewish law.
The past chapter in Geometry that I learned about was a bit tricky. I liked the math, but you need to know how to do a lot of things. One thing that we learned about was measurement application. I didn’t really understand it when it was taught to me, but now I do. I decided to show you guys how to use measurement application also, so you know how to do it step-by-step.
Check out the video that I made:
This week in math, we learned how to find a missing number in a shape by using proportions. It was really simple, and a lot of fun! Here is how to solve a proportion.