Police Shirts?

In a Times of Israel article, it was talking about how this company Zara is selling a shirt that they say is a police shirt. It has a sheriff star that is yellow. Even though it is really a Jewish star. The color of the shirt is jail colors with the yellow star on it. I will now show you a picture of the shirt. Look at it. Do you notice anything odd or anything alike about the police shirt to another shirt? I know I notice something weird about the shirt.




The thing that I notice weird about the shirt is that its so alike to the shirts that the Nazti’s forced the Jews to wear in the concentration camps. UK isn’t selling them anymore. They could have chosen any other color to put on it, but they chose yellow. I think it was on purpose because it was not the first time that this company has done something anti semitic. In 2007, Zara was selling purses with  Natzi swatikas decorated all over them. I think they should not sell these anymore because it is so inappropriate and bad that they would sell a shirt like that. I also think all holocaust survivors would say the same thing about this shirt too.

Baseball and Science What?

This summer I went to Houston Texas. In houston, I got to watch 5 baseball games. I saw Astros and Marlins, Astros and Athletics 3 times and Astros and Rangers. I love baseball. My favorite team is the Oakland Athletics or A’s for short. I am so lucky that I got to them play 3 times. Well actually 4 times. I got to go to Atlanta, Georgia and see them play the Braves. My science teacher Mrs. Jaffa, told all of us to write about how something we did this summer is related to science. You may be surprised of how much baseball is related to science.


What does baseball have do with science? Surprising, it has do a lot with science. For physics its fluid mechanics, motion and trajectory. Fluid mechanics is how fast the ball moves. Motion because how quick you swing and run and to the base and to catch the ball. It is so important. A half a second to early or to late can change the entire outcome of the baseball game. That is how baseball is related to science.

Important Or Nah

Last Thursday, I missed school that Friday and Monday to go to Houston, Texas. The trip was fun.I got to see all my cousins again. Boy, they so happy to me when I came. This was not just any normal occasion to miss school and go to Houston, Texas.  It was a very special occasion. The special occasion was my cousin David’s bar mitzvah. It was fun and awesome. There are 2 things I am going to explain. First, why was it so important that I was there to celebrate David’s bar mitzvah? Second, What is so important about a bar mitzvah?

I was there, yes ,I was. I was at my cousin David’s bar mitzvah. Some people might say, “What is so important about being at a bar mitzvah?” Before I answered the question, I will give you a brief definition of a bar mitzvah. A bar mitzvah is a milestone for jewish boys and girls that they are called to the torah for the first time when they are 13. For girls, we call it a bat mitzvah. Now, to answer your question. If your family, it is good to be there because it is a milestone and only happens once in a life time. Some people who are jewish never even got the chance to be bar or bat mitzvah.

One of the important things of a bar mitzvah is being called to the torah to read. It is huge also reading your havtorah. Being bar or bat mitzvah is becoming a jewish adult thats why they wait till you are a certain age to have your bar and bat mitzvot. Also you get a huge celebration and you usually have a party and get a lot of money to.

I hope you learned why it is important about becoming a bar or bat mitzvah and why the occasion is important



A Champions Story

The clock ticked 0:00, my teammates and I were cheering as my friends sprinted to me and  bear hugged me. I saw that we were champions as the score on the scoreboard said 36-32. I never predicted that we, the Celtics, could have had such a “Cinderella” season. This experience was one experience I could ever forget. The only words I have to say is, “It is not how you start it is how you finish.”


On January 12, 2014, I was really nervous. I was really nervous because it was our team, the, Celtics, first game which was against the Supersonics. This would be my first game in the JCA league since the 2010-11 season. My goal was to do better than I did before, because the last time my stats were 2 points 3 rebounds and 4 assists. The game started; I wasn’t a starter I was on the bench. When I got subed in, I thought I was ready. I got the ball I passed and rebounded. The game was over we lost 28-21. I finished the game with 1 rebound.


The next game was against the Bulls. We didn’t have our two best players, Adam and Isaac. Without them we were killed in a rout 27-10. I finally scored my first point of the season. It was scored on a free throw. The next week was the worst week of my life plus my team needed me. I was sick and had bronchitis and missed school the entire week. It was terrible. We were playing the Gators which had four of my friends on the team. I heard from my friends that my team lost 32-31 in overtime. I was mad and I felt like I swallowed tar. I knew that the losing must come to an end.


Since the Super Bowl was on February 2, 2014, our game that weekend was moved to Wednesday February 5. I went to school that week and I was feeling a lot better. I begged my parents to let me play the game. They said “yes”. None of my teammates knew that I was going to be at the game. When I arrived there at the court they were happy to see me. I was pumped and ready and I kept thinking to myself in warmups,  We are going to win this game! I told my teammates that too. I scored 2 points again, but we lost.


The next game we played the Bulls again. I was ready in fact, our whole  team was ready to win. We wanted revenge after they crushed us 27-10. Well let me tell you that we got our revenge by beating them 26-15. I was so happy that we won and got our revenge. The next game was even better.


The next game was against the Gators and I was glad to finally to play them. None of my friends on the team were there so they only had 5 players. That game was so fun and we took the lead right at the beginning and never looked back. We won and I scored 4 points and rejected someone. We crushed them by the score of 39-18. That Monday, I told two out of my four friends on the Gators the score. Itamar and Elior said, “ Your team only won because we were not there and half of the team wasn’t there.” I didn’t believe what they said because the next week it would come to the test.


We played the Gators in the first round of the playoffs. May the best friend win is what Itamar, Elior and I said, “May the best friend win.” The game was one of the best games I have ever played. I dove for the ball, stripped it, and blocked on defense. I also scored four points. We won 24-12. I was so happy that we were going to the championship. We were going to play the Bulls. May the best team win.


March 2, 2014, was a really nerve racking night. I was nervous because it was the championship game against the Bulls. This game was the biggest game of my life. I was ready. I was playing good defense and good offense, but I never scored when we got the ball. When the Bulls took a 30-27 lead with 10 seconds left,  they got the ball back; but I stole it, passed it to my friend Adam, who scored and tied it up. The game went into overtime and we simply took the lead and did not stop. We won the championship game against the Bulls by a score of 36-32.


March 2, 2014, was a really nerve racking night. I was nervous because it was the championship game against the Bulls. This game was the biggest game of my life. I was ready. I was playing good defense and good offense, but I never scored when we got the ball. When the Bulls took a 30-27 lead with 10 seconds left,  they got the ball back; but I stole it, passed it to my friend Adam, who scored and tied it up. The game went into overtime and we simply took the lead and did not stop. We won the championship game against the Bulls by a score of 36-32.

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The feeling of being a champion was amazing. I didn’t ever forget being a champion. “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” -Kevin Durant 2014 NBA MVP. “ I let the game come to me and get everybody involved.” –Nate Robinson. “Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts.” -Kobe Bryant. “It not how you start, its how you finish.” – Coach Collins. All those quotes are from NBA players. I think I represent these quotes because I played hard and I became a champion.


Hidden In Silence

Today all of the middle school but 8th grade watched a movie called Hidden In Silence. The movie was about the Holocaust. We had to answer three questions and here they are plus answers.

1. What was the secret Joseph and Fusia share?

A: The secret they both share is they both were hiding Jews.

2. What did Helena swallow in the ghetto why?

A: Helena swallowed the address at the ghetto because the Nazti saw her and she did not want to find it because they would’ve killed her and the 13 Jews in their house.

3. Why do think Christmas Eve was safe?

A: It was safe because all the Naztis would be celebrating christmas that they wouldn’t notice

Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeedom!!!!! No More Slavery!!!!!!!

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.

Hello Remember Me……..

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.