Ruby Bridges

On Friday for our mitzvah project we were celebrating Martin Luther King day at school. We got to watch a movie which was based on a true story called Ruby Bridges. Ruby Bridges is a true story about a little girl who lived during the 1960s segregation is the United States. Everything back then was separated by color white and black. There were all white schools and all black schools. They would never mix it up. Ruby Bridges was the first ever African American child to attend an all white school. Everyday for her first year when she attended school there she would have to get escorted by a U.S. official. All the parents pulled there kids out of school because they were protesting that blacks should not be here. She would be in a classroom all by her self learning while everybody else was outside protesting. By the end of the movie the children come back and don’t talk to Ruby because the children were told by there parents not to talk to black people. The kids eventually become friends with Ruby.


I think that Ruby felt so scared when going to the all white school even though sometimes she wouldn’t act liked it because she was brave and everybody calling her a n****r and other hateful she sometimes would not let it get to her which is brave. I think what gave Ruby to make it through every single day of school and life was her teacher because her teacher was new and she did not care at all what skin color Ruby had whether it was black or white she did not care. Ruby’s teacher treated her how she wanted to be treated like a normal person.


If I was not welcome to a place and I went there knowing everyone hates me I would be more scared than I have ever been in my entire life. I would be scared because you don’t know what they are going to do to you. They may yell at you, shoot you, or arrest you for who knows what. I wish I would have the same courage that Ruby Bridges has because if I ever get into one of those situations, then I would know what to do.


March March March Freedom

“When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying.”
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel


Choice #1 – Write a blog post explaining what Rabbi Heschel meant when he said this. Why would a Rabbi have participated in the march in Selma? Why was this so important to him? If it were NOW would you march?

On March 21, 1965 there was a march lead by Martin Luther King Jr. This was 3 years before his death. The walk was from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. The march was about racism against blacks which was a big deal back in the 1960s. The march took exactly five days 54 miles to get there. It was a big protest and a lot of people participated in that big event.

I think in my opinion what Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel comment means is that he was taking a stand for what was wrong. He believed what he was doing was right and thats why he felt his legs praying. I think a Rabbi participated in Selma is because they know how it feels to have everyone being racist about them and they don’t want anyone else to feel that same pain and suffering feeling and thats why I think Rabbis participated in Selma. Its so important because no one should feel the hatred of people being racist about them. Its very wrong. Yes I would have marched in Selma if it was today because I believe everyone has rights whether you are boy, girl, white, black, Indian, Jewish, Homosexual, or Lesbian. I believe everyone has the same equal rights.




My Bar Mitzvah Speech

Shabbat Shalom! I’m so glad you could join me in celebrating my Bar Mitzvah this morning.


I have so many kinds of interest. Whether it’s sports, technology, reading, or making movies I am interested in so much. I am most interested in football, basketball, baseball, swimming, and soccer. I enjoy playing all those sports a lot too. Everyday, my friends and I play at least one of these. If I am not playing sports I am on some technological device. I love technology and my family knows it, and I help them a lot with their technology questions. I have always had a secret interest in reading. I read a lot of sports books, but I also like some non-sports books too. I also love making movies. I am sure you’ve seen my youtube channel, and even besides this I love watching other people’s movies too. I make movies regularly, whether they are happy, sad, funny, or stupid I love making movies.


If I were to make a movie about a parsha from the Torah, Vayigash, which we read today, would make a great one to pick. It picks up right in the middle of Joseph seeing his brothers, even though they don’t know it’s him.  Joseph has hidden a silver cup in the bag of his brother Benjamin, and now wants him to stay behind.  At this point, Judah, another brother, steps up and speaks on behalf of Benjamin.  Joseph is inspired by Judah’s speech and reveals his identity to his brothers.


וַיֹּאמֶר יוֹסֵף אֶל-אֶחָיו אֲנִי יוֹסֵף, הַעוֹד אָבִי חָי; וְלֹא-יָכְלוּ אֶחָיו לַעֲנוֹת אֹתוֹ, כִּי נִבְהֲלוּ מִפָּנָיו.

“Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still well?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dumbfounded were they on account of him.”


When Joseph revealed his identity he could have finally gotten his revenge on his brothers for throwing him down into the pit all those years ago.  But he didn’t do this.  He chose to forgive his brothers because he realized that they had changed.


This is an important moment because Joseph shows that he could do the right thing by forgiving his brothers.  He could have only remembered how mean they were to him and had them punished for it, but he was being a good person by moving on and realizing that his brothers had changed.  He sets a great example of why it’s important for us to forgive each other.


If we don’t forgive people, all we’ll think about is what people did in the past.  Living in the past WILL DESTROY YOU! We don’t want everyone to always be hating on each other. There will be nothing done in the world if we’re all just hung up on the past.

I know this because of the time with my friends in my neighborhood.  When one of them first moved into the neighborhood, nobody liked him.  He would be mean to everyone in different ways, and just generally annoying to be around.  Some kids could handle him, but I couldn’t.  But after a little time, he started being nicer to everyone and treated people how he wanted to be treated.  When we started to realize this, I knew that he had begun to change.  I didn’t want to live in the past, so I knew I had to move on.  I don’t like to hate because hating a hater, makes you a hater.  Now, we get along better, and people in the neighborhood aren’t mean to each other anymore. Now we’re like a big extended family.


In order to share these lessons with other people, I have been collecting new school supplies that we can donate to homeless children here and in Haiti. I hope that this Mitzvah project will help homeless kids to get a better education.  With that education, they can hopefully learn many of the same important lessons that I have learned. The lessons of helping people to change, the lesson of forgiving, and the lesson of treating everyone nicely. If everyone learns these lessons, the lessons I have learned from my time in school and from studying my parsha Vayigash, we can hopefully create a better world for all of us to live in.

There are lots of people I would like to thank who have helped me learn all the important lessons that got me ready for today. First off to my teachers at the Martin J Gottlieb Day School, thank you for teaching me many important lessons, including that we are always in a community of kindness.  I, especially, want to say I am forever grateful to our beloved longtime ritual director Scott Zimmerman, who tragically passed away two mornings after a brief illness. Scott Zimmerman was very instrumental in getting me here to this Bar Mitzvah day. He not only prepared me to become a bar mitzvah… he was also a very positive influence on me, always encouraging and inspiring me. I am blessed to have known him and I will miss him tremendously. May he rest in peace…   Thank you Hazzan Holzer for working with me on leading the service. I’d like to thank Rabbi Tilman for helping me give this speech in my own words and style. And of course thank you to Rabbi Lubliner for guiding me in this whole process and for always being there for our family. Of course I’d like to thank my friends from school and from my neighborhood for supporting me through this whole process.  And lastly, thank you to my entire family. To Mom-mom, Zaydie and Grandma Ina – you are always there for us and I love having you all as part of my life. To Granddad Louis, Stevie and bubbie, I know that even though you aren’t with us today, you are watching and smiling. And of course a special thank you to my parents.  Thank you for helping me and supporting me through my entire life and for getting us all through this day. I love you and appreciate everything you do for me.


You can follow the reading of my haftarah in your red etz chayim chumash on page 291.


The Outsiders

In our Language arts class, we just finished reading a book in class called The Outsiders by S.E. Hilton. The story takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Its about to rival gangs the Greasers and the Socs. The Socs are rich and the Greasers are poor. They love hurting Greasers. After we finished the book, we had to write a newspaper article about an event that happened in the book.



Kids and Weapons Equals Violence



(Tulsa, Oklahoma)– There was terrible murder recently in Tulsa, Oklahoma and it was a real tragedy.  It happened last night at a local park were apparently a kid named Robert Bob Shelton was stabbed to death The kids involved in this murder were apparently from two separate rival gangs. The names of the gangs are the greasers and the Socs. The people involved in the incident were Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade Robert Bob Sheldon.

We interviewed Ponyboy Curtis and Johnny Cade and this is what they had to say about their charges for the murder of Bob. Ponyboy and Johnny were outside roaming the streets and walking all over town. They would take some breaks. They are members of the gang of the greasers who are rivals with the Socs. They also said, The Socs favorite hobby is to beat up the Socs. They walked to the park and then a big blue mustang drove up and 5 Socs got out of the car. Ponyboy and johnny said they were scared. Bob and the others in the mustang were trying to drown Ponyboy in the fountain. Johnny then took out his knife and went over and he stabbed Bob right in the chest. The only reason why Johnny stabbed Bob was because Bob was trying to kill Ponyboy and Johnny was only trying to protect his friend because thats what friends do.

Its A Miracle!!!

Tomorrow night, we will be celebrating the first night of  the Jewish holiday Chanukah. Chanukah is a Jewish holiday which was about the Romans invading Israel and forbidden anybody who lived in Israel  who was Jewish to practice any kind of Judaism. The Romans were led by King Antiochus IV. The Jews had a small army called the Maccabees led by Judah. They fought and won the battle over the Romans. After, the Jews didn’t have a lot of the oil to make the menorah light for a long time. They only had enough for it to last one night. Then a miracle happened. The oil lasted eight nights.


I do believe in miracles whether its in sports or not I believe in miracles because I have seen miracles happen before. I can’t really remember any that were really important. Besides the non sports ones I can’t really think of any right now that are really important and effected my life.

Finding angles in Triangles

Lets say I have a triangle with numbers of 87 and 45. Those are two of the three numbers. The other is labled C. To find C you have to add 87+45 which is equaled up to 132. Then you have to subtract 132 from 180 because that is how many degrees a triangle equals to. Your answer will be 48.

Cookie Yum Yum

Dear First Responder,

Thank you for being a first responder from WW 2. I understand its hard to sleep at night a lot because of stuff like that trust me. So to help here is a gift for being a first responder from the middle school students at the Martin J. Gotlieb Day School. We made you a batch of good yummy cookies. We hope you enjoy the batch cookies that we made you.



Zachary a middle school student from the Martin J. Gotlieb Day School



Happy Thanksgiving

Last week we made a bunch of Thanksgiving deliveries. The Thursday before thanksgiving we brought in food that we were going to deliver to people on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Monday, we helped out at the Mandarin food bank. We helped the people carry food to their car. On Tuesday we took all of the food that we brought in and we made deliveries to people that couldn’t afford a thanksgiving. Some people lived in hotels, so they got an already cooked Purdue Chicken and a bag of groceries.  Other people who weren’t living in hotels got a frozen turkey and a bag of groceries.

I think we made all of these Thanksgiving deliveries because we needed to help people who wouldn’t get to have a Thanksgiving have one. It made me feel good because all of the people who we delivered to had a big smile on their face. For myself this whole experience of delivering did enhance my Thanksgiving celebration because I feel good when I help people no matter if its just doing something small like holding the door for someone or doing something big like giving people food, so they can enjoy a good celebration of Thanksgiving or any other holiday.

Out of all the deliveries my group did I do not think there was one in particular that was the most meaningful to me. To me, all the deliveries that my group did were very meaningful. This whole experience is related to Isaiah 58:10 “If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.” This whole experience is related to Isaiah 58:10 because we are helping the hungry by giving them food so now they can finally have a good holiday experience.