A cowboy on a horse rides into town on Friday. He stays in the town for three days, and the day the cowboy leaves the day is Friday. How can that be possible?
Last Friday, our middle school finished watching a movie that we started yesterday. The movie has to relate to the Jewish holiday Passover which is coming up shortly. The movie was called I am Slave. The movie I am Slave is about a girl who lives in a village with her parents and other people in Sudan. One day at night some people on horses carrying guns came into the village and raided it. Getting all the children and selling them into slavery. She gets sold into slavery and the girl is bought by a Sudanese ambassador. She is a slave there for six years. She was twelve when she first got sold into slavery.
Everyday at the village the girls parents would be sad and trie to look for her. Her father left the village to go find her. During his job which is a garbage man, when he would pick up trash in the city and would ask the person if they’ve seen this person. He would hold up a picture of his daughter. One day when he was working in the city, his daughter was there with her master. She was told to go to that building and pick up her masters things. When she was there she ran up and she could see her dad. She yells for him but he didn’t or hear her. Then, she decides to run to him. Just before she could open the door, there was a cop there with her master and they were pulling her back. Her father never heard her or saw her.
The Jewish holiday Passover is coming up in two weeks. The holiday Passover is about how the Jewish people were slaves in Egypt for 40 years. I think it was very good we saw this movie before Passover is because the movie was about slavery just like passover is about slavery. She also did escape and succeed her escape. The Jews escaped out of Egypt.
A bracha (blessing) that we say every morning is called Shasani ben chorine. This blessing thanks god for making us free and not slaves. It makes me feel really good that I do not have to suffer like a slave. If I was rich and I would buy a slave I would. I would buy a lot of the slaves because I could give them a good place to sleep, good food, clothes, and money so they could survive.
Last week, we lost a beloved member of our community. This person who we lost in the community was apart of our synagogue for 60 years. The person lived to be 103 years old before they died. Her name was Tessie Taxier. Now, I have a couple of questions for you.
Since her legacy included her influence on our middle school students for the past 12 years, playing the piano for many, and being a devoted Jewish woman, I have a question for you. What do you want your legacy to be?
I want my legacy to be that I smiled and never gave up. I don’t want people to remember how I started, but how I finished something. That is a true lesson in life.
Now in life there are so many things that happen to everyone. Someone asked me, ” What do you want people to remember you for?” I want people to remember me for my kindness, happiness, and my mood because that all affects your life, no matter if you believe it or not, it still affects your life.
In your life you will do a lot that will affect you. My final question is,” What mark do you want to leave on the world?” The mark that I want to leave on the world is that making sure that I am doing my job to help and make the world a better place. For example, helping the homeless, help picking up trash, and volunteer anywhere that could use anyone’s help and there are a lot of places that need help.
If you are wondering why my title says Freeeeeeedom!!!, it is because of what happened last week on Friday. Last Friday in the morning, 6th, 7th, and 8th at our school went to school early to make breakfast. The breakfast was not just for us, it was for other people who were coming. The people who were coming were from South Florida. They are the Immokalee farm workers and tomato pickers. We were serving them breakfast because they do not get to eat a lot.
Now, let me backtrack for you to tell you about the Immokalee tomato pickers. The Immokalee tomato pickers are farmers who are tomato pickers. They are slaves and they get paid under minimum wage. They work in the hot sun in very harsh conditions in Immokalee, Florida.
On Saturday night, we started celebrating the holiday purim. One of mitzvot of purim is to give gifts to the poor. In hebrew, the word for gifts to the poor is matanot l’evyonim. We fed them breakfast. I think we followed the mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim because they do not get to eat all the time. They get very little meals. We fed them hashbrowns, eggs, biscuits, cereal, milk, water, donuts, orange juice, and coffee. I think that the breakfast was a purim feast. I think so because there were a bunch of people there and a lot of food. Purim is also another one of the mitzvot of purim.
I learned a lot about the tomato pickers situation. I learned that they were on a 10 day “fair food” tour. The people told the people that they went to their story. 50 of the tomato pickers went on the tour. The 10 day tour included stops in Jacksonville, Atlanta, Nashville, and Lakeland. In Lakeland, they were going to meet with Publix again. The Pickers want Publix, the largest grocery, to agree to pay a penny more per pound of tomatoes under a “fair food” agreement. It started Friday afternoon. Other places they want also are Walmart, Burger King, Taco Bell and food-services giant Aramark —are on board. Activists also want support from Wendy’s. More than 1000 people were there to protest.
I feel differently about them and their needs and situation now after meeting them because now I know the whole story about them and what they’re fighting for. I would love to protest with them.
Last Friday, for our mitzvah trip, our middle went to a place that is called Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. The Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary is a place where they have animals such as tigers, lions, cougars, panthers, and black jaguars. They do not sell their animals or rebreed them. They get money donations which its from mostly volunteers. Nobody gets paid there. Everyone who works there is a volunteer. All the animals that are there are rescued from either being captured, or if a Zoo was going to put the animal back into the wild. Also, we saw all those animals that I listed there. We got to hear their background story.
In Morah Eta’s class which is our mitzvot class, we learned and are still learning the mitzvah of “Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim. “Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim. Which means the ethical treatment of animals. The whole reason we went to Catty Shack in the first place was, because that we were wondering what do they do to and for their animals.
Somebody asked me this question. The question is, ” Does Catty Shack follow the mitzvah of צער בעלי חיים?” Do they, I think so. I think Catty Shack follows the mitzvah of “Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim”, because they save the animals from being killed. They also do not sell the animals for money and they do it because they do not want them to suffer. That to me is a real act of kindness. Do not forget to go, checkout, and visit Catty Shack.
The Wave For It Or Against It
In my Language Arts class, we read the book The Wave by Todd Strasser. The Wave is about a teacher with an idea that has gone terribly wrong. Now that you know a little idea about what the book is, I am going to ask you a question. Are you for the Wave or against the Wave? If you are confused or still need to know more. I have three reasons why you should be against Wave. Hurry, before they make you a part of the Wave!
My first reason why you should be against the Wave is that no one in the wave could be themselves. The Wave is caused the students at Gordon High School people could not be themselves. For example according to the book The Wave, when Laurie was writing her article about how bad the Wave was. Robert Billings said, “ Laurie Saunders must not be allowed to write these lies. She must be stopped.” Then Eric said, “ Don’t worry Robert, me and David got this.” Also when David saw Laurie and went to talk her he told her to stop writing these lies about The Wave. David was squeezing Laurie’s arm really tight then pushed her hard on the ground. David normally does get violent with girls at all. That is my first reason why you should be against the Wave. Come, there is much more.
My Second reason is you had to be in the Wave or else… What I mean by that is that students and people were being threatened to join The Wave. Here is an example from the book. Laurie was going to write an article about how bad the wave was and she received an anonymous letter about the Wave. The letter was from an anonymous girl who was a junior at Gordon High School. The letter was about the girl and her two friends. Her two friends joined because they were threatened. Also, Laurie Saunder’s dad told her that a Jewish boy was beaten up and called dirty Jew for not joining the Wave. I have one more reason. Keep reading to find out what my final reason.
I have one more reason why you should be against the Wave. My finale reason why you should be against The Wave is because the Wave is too much like Natzi Germany. What I mean is that there are too many similarities between the Wave and Natzi Germany. I can list a few. For example, they both have a dictator, They have a salute, a motto, and a logo. My last example is they recruit members whether or not the person wants to be a part of it or not. Young members of The Wave and young of members Natzi Germany. Now you see how Natzi Germany and the Wave are alike.
Now since I have shown my reasons why you should be against the Wave, it is time for you to make up your mind. The question is Are you against the Wave or for the Wave?
There once was a guy that’s just getting on the plane and greets his friend six rows back and got arrested. why?
This week, Morah Eta our hebrew teacher told all of us during prayers about the organization called The Aleph Institute. The Aleph Institute is an organization that helps Jewish prisoners. Hard to believe right? Well, it is true let me give an example of what they do. If you wanted Jewish books, they will supply you with Jewish books. If you wanted to have tefillin, you could get it. Even kosher food you could get. Morah Eta also told us that when she was a kid she would go to the prison and actually have a seder with the Jewish prisoners at the prison. Morah Eta asked us a question.
The question was, “Did we wanted to help the prisoners?” My answer is that I want to help the prisoners because if they want to still do Jewish customs than I would be willing to go there and donate prayer books. I would go there and have a seder if I could go to the prisons. So what if they are prisoners, they are people too. To tell you the truth not all of prisoners in prison are guilty of the crime they are accused of doing.
For our mitzvah trip this week, we are going to the coves and making hamantaschens. Morah Eta asked a anohter question if we wanted to give the Jewish I think we should make hamantaschens and send them to the Jewish prisoners so they can celebrate purim too. So my answer is yes we should help prisoners.
Two identical twins (biologically and physically identical) go into a corner at a candy store and each order a glass of soda. The contents of the glasses are identical. Each twin drinks the soda and both twins finish it. One of the twins live, while the other twin dies. Why?