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Forgiveness is not age-restrictive

Posted on 04 September 2019 by admin

The month of Elul has begun and with it, we prepare for the holidays. “Preparing for the holidays” means so many different things to different people. However, beyond the new clothes, and who is coming for dinner, and what will the rabbi talk about, is the inside work that we must begin. We begin the process of forgiveness which is so much more than “saying sorry.”
As we prepared for preschool at the J, we reflected on this concept for young children. Together we read and discussed a wonderful article by Michelle Woo titled “What to Say to Little Kids Instead of ‘Say Sorry.’”
Here are the steps
1) Bring the kids together.
2) Tell the child who caused the accident what happened and be specific.
3) Describe what you see; model empathy for the hurt child.
4) Take action, and make a guarantee.
For children, we must model and talk through each of these steps, but how does it work with teens, young adults, older adults and even those who think they are too old to change? The hardest part is coming to the person to start the apology. We must come together to understand what we have done that is hurtful, to see the impact of our action or words. We must be empathetic, working to feel what the other feels.
What about actions to make things better? What if there is no “thing” that we can do? The final step is the hardest — commit to not doing it again, and finding a way to remind ourselves not to do so.
Of course, there are all sorts of hurts we feel sorry we have inflicted, or that have been done to us. In an article from the Sefaria website, Sara Wolkenfeld shares a story from an Auschwitz survivor:
“On Jan. 27, 1995, at the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I stood by the ruins of the gas chambers with my children…while I read my document of forgiveness and signed it. As I did that I felt a burden of pain was lifted from me. I was no longer in the grip of pain and hate; I was finally free. The day I forgave the Nazis, privately I forgave my parents, whom I hated all my life for not having saved me from Auschwitz. Children expect their parents to protect them; mine couldn’t. And then I forgave myself for hating my parents. Forgiveness is really nothing more than an act of self-healing and self-empowerment. I call it a miracle medicine. It is free; it works and has no side effects.”
While most of us do not have to carry such a burden of hate, we can understand what this woman is saying, on many levels. Asking for forgiveness is important, not just at Yom Kippur, but whenever we have hurt another. Yet, the process helps both sides of the hurt and possibly the hardest act of forgiveness comes in forgiving yourself.
May this month of Elul bring plenty of reflection, forgiveness and change.

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Embrace learning as a lifelong activity

Posted on 28 August 2019 by admin

Dear Families,
For most children, school has begun, though young adults are waiting for the start of college classes. For adults, learning opportunities are available, from college campuses to online classes. Jewish learning is also available for all ages and stages — but this means reaching out and committing to continued learning, and continued growing. You are never too old, or too young, to learn.
In Judaism, learning is one of the key values that has kept us alive and vital through the generations. Here are a few quotes and commentary (my own). Take these, talk about them with family and friends, and then find a learning opportunity that works for you.
“Only learning that is enjoyed will be learned well.” — Judah HaNasi
This idea of enjoying learning is crucial for all ages We must especially send this message to all who teach children. Adults can vote with their feet; if they are not enjoying a class, they can leave it. Children, however, do not always have the choice, so we need to remember the words of Judah HaNasi.
“A student should not be embarrassed if a fellow student has understood something after the first or second time and he has not grasped it even after several attempts. If he is embarrassed because of this, it will turn out that he will come and go from the house of study without learning anything at all.” — Shulkhan Arukh
This is a challenge as we grow older. We think we should know something, and are embarrassed to ask if we don’t understand. Don’t let embarrassment or fear stop you from learning and asking questions.
“Much wisdom I learned from my teachers, more from my colleagues, from my pupils most of all.” — Maimonides
As a teacher, this is my favorite quote. I have learned so much from my students of all ages.
”Say not, ‘When I have leisure I will study.’ Perhaps you will have no leisure.” — Pirke Avot 2:3
And, here is the mandate to use to take the time to learn.
I would not be doing my job as a Jewish educator at the Jewish Community Center if I did not plug our classes, films, books and other activities. Opportunities to learn exist at every synagogue and Jewish organization. Find what interests you and begin your journey. And, I would love to learn with you, and from you, at the J.

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Parents, too, are mitzvah heroes

Posted on 14 August 2019 by admin

This summer we have been studying mitzvot through “mitzvah heroes.” Each week we have remembered “We are standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before us!”
Kibud Av v’Em is the mitzvah of honoring your parents, and it is so important that it is one of the Ten Commandments. Honoring your parents is different than loving them, and we show honor in different ways at different ages. According to the Mishnah, honoring parents is one of the mitzvot for which one is rewarded in this world and in the world to come. The Zohar says: “Honor your father and your mother just as you honor God, for all three have been partners in your creation.”
Mitzvah hero of today’s world — your parents
There are times when we are angry at our parents, and times when we have certainly thought — and maybe said — some not-so-nice things. Being a parent is the hardest job there is, and the most heroic thing parents do is love their children unconditionally. Even when parents are angry with your actions, they never forget that most important mitzvah, B’tzelem Elohim, we were created in God’s image. A parent’s job is to remember this and to help each of us become all that we can be.
Parents aren’t perfect, and that’s good, because children aren’t perfect either. Parents are the perfect heroes because they are real and we can strive to be like them. All of the mitzvot we studied this summer are taught to us by our parents and demonstrated by our parents. Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs, but also the most rewarding.
In our ancestors’ footsteps — your ancestors
Our theme for the summer has been all about “heroes,” “mentors” and “role models.” Each week, we’ve been reminded that “we can see further because we are standing on the shoulders of giants.” We are challenged to look at the “giants” in our history and our families, to appreciate all they have done and the lessons we can learn from them.
It is a true mitzvah to honor those who came before us. We honor them by working to emulate their good qualities. We must ask our parents and grandparents to tell us the stories of our family heroes, and we must pass those stories down to our children. And, most importantly, we learn how to be heroes to those coming after us.
Finish these statements
My parents fulfilled the mitzvah of Kibud Av v’Em by:
My (fill in the blank) fulfilled the mitzvah of Kibud Av v’Em by:
I can fulfill this mitzvah by:
Family talk time
• The commandment is to honor your parents, not to love them. How is that different? Can you honor without love? Can you love without honor?
• Our parents are the most important “heroes” or “mentors” in our lives. Let your parents tell you what they admired about their parents. And the children should tell in what ways they would like to be like their parents.
• Many of us think about the “perfect parent” or the “perfect child.” Have a family talk about what this “perfect (fill in the blank)” would be like. Why would that be so great? How could we each try to be closer to that ideal?
Laura Seymour is director of camping services and director of Jewish life and learning at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.

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K’lal Yisrael calls us to courage

Posted on 07 August 2019 by admin

This summer we study mitzvot through “mitzvah heroes.” Each week we remember: “We are standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before us!”
K’lal Yisrael literally means “all the people of Israel.” The mitzvah is all about Jewish unity and solidarity — being responsible for all Jews, no matter where they live or what they do.
Jewish tradition teaches that we should care for all people, even the stranger in our midst, but we must remember that Jews are a small part of the world’s population. Every Jew counts, and what we do speaks on behalf of all Jews and the Jewish community.
Mitzvah hero of today’s world —
Sandy Koufax
In October 1965, the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Minneapolis Twins in the World Series; but in the opening game, their best pitcher, Sandy Koufax, was not with them. The first game of the 1965 World Series was on Yom Kippur, and he was in synagogue. Koufax believed that he belonged with his fellow Jews on the holiest day of the year, instead of on the mound.
Koufax never thought this simple decision would be controversial, but it made a powerful impression on a generation of American Jews. Writer Ze’ev Chafets reported that 20 years later, while doing research for a book, “I was told by hundreds of Jewish men across the United States that their most important Jewish memory was of Sandy sitting out the Series.”
In our ancestors’ footsteps — Queen Esther
Many Jews in the Bible have performed the mitzvah of K’lal Yisrael, being responsible for all Jewish people. One of the most famous was Queen Esther, who risked her life to save the Jewish people. It was not an easy decision for Esther, but she knew that she was in the right place to do the right thing and save the Jews of Shushan.
When Mordechai came to her, she was frightened and yet she knew she was the one who had to take the risk for the lives of all Jews. We remember her because it takes courage to stand up for your people when your life is at stake.
Finish these statements
Sandy Koufax fulfilled the mitzvah of K’lal Yisrael by:
Queen Esther fulfilled the mitzvah of K’lal Yisrael by:
I can fulfill this mitzvah by:
Family talk time
• Talk about the different groups that you belong to. What does it mean to be a member of a group? How do you show you are a member? Are there some groups that anyone can join and some that only certain people can belong to?
• When you belong to a group, what are your responsibilities to that group? Do you have to do everything the group does? What if you want to leave the group? What if you want to change something about the group? What if someone wants to join or bring a friend?
• Being a part of the Jewish people is not like being in a club. How is it different and how is it the same? What does it mean that “all Jews are responsible for one another”? How do you show this?
Laura Seymour is director of camping services and director of Jewish life and learning at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.

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Helping others through tzedakah

Posted on 31 July 2019 by admin

This summer we have been studying mitzvot through “mitzvah heroes.” Each week we remember — “We are standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before us!”
Tzedakah is the mitzvah of helping others. Although it is often translated as “charity,” which is viewed as a voluntary act, tzedakah is a responsibility for everyone, even the poor.
The Hebrew root of tzedakah is tzedek, which means justice — it means helping others is the just thing to do. The Torah tells us how important helping those in need really is, but it also reminds us to care about the dignity of poor people.

Mitzvah hero of today’s world — Albert Einstein

Many people who know of Albert Einstein’s scientific accomplishments may be unaware of his dedication to social justice and tzedakah.
He was born March 14, 1879, in Germany and did much of his work there until the rise of the Nazis. The man who created the theory of relativity and changed the world of physics forever devoted much of his time to charitable acts.
In 1921, after winning the Nobel Prize, he visited the United States. and spent much of his time explaining the need for the State of Israel and raising funds to help settlers in Palestine.
Einstein helped found the International Rescue Committee in 1933 to help all refugees in need. He worked hard to help Jews and non-Jews in need.
When Chaim Weizmann died, Einstein was asked to become the second president of Israel. In 1999, Time magazine named Albert Einstein “Man of the Century.”

In our ancestors’ footsteps — Maimonides

In his day, Maimonides (1135-1204) was a rabbi, philosopher, author, physician and community leader. He lived in Spain but was forced to flee to Egypt where he became the physician to the royal family.
Maimonides wrote of how hard it was to be a physician and that he had to be up all hours of the night helping people. In spite of his work as a doctor, Maimonides found time to help others.
He wrote important books on Jewish law and philosophy that have guided people in how to live as a Jew for centuries. In his writings, Maimonides wrote of eight levels of tzedakah, beginning with the lowest rung — giving reluctantly and with regret — to the highest — helping another to become self-supporting.

Finish these statements

Albert Einstein fulfilled the mitzvah of tzedakah by:
Maimonides fulfilled the mitzvah of tzedakah by:
I can fulfill this mitzvah by:

Family talk time

• Tzedakah is a commandment. Should we be commanded to give and to help others? Or should we do it because we want to?
• Why should poor people be commanded to give to others? How do you decide how much to give, especially when you are needy?
• The root word for tzedakah is tzedek — justice. What does justice have to do with giving to others? Is there a “fair” way to give or to be sure everyone has what they need?
• Sometimes people feel embarrassed or bad when you try to give to them. Why would they feel this way? How can you give to people so that they don’t feel embarrassed or bad?
Laura Seymour is director of camping services and director of Jewish life and learning at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.

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Hope has seen us through hard times

Posted on 25 July 2019 by admin

This summer we study mitzvot through “mitzvah heroes.” Each week we remember — “We are standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before us!”
Tikvah, the mitzvah of hope, has been an important value for the Jewish people throughout many horrible times in history. We live with the conviction that things will be better. The words of “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem, remind us that we are still here today as Jews because our ancestors never gave up hope.
Elie Wiesel said, “When all hope is gone, Jews invent new hopes. Even in the midst of despair, we attempt to justify hope.”
Mitzvah hero of today’s world — Anne Frank
On Anne Frank’s 13th birthday, she received a book with blank pages — a diary. She wrote about all kinds of things, but especially about the changes in her life when her family went into hiding.
Her father had prepared a few rooms in the back of his office building. The family lived in hiding for two years, yet Anne’s diary was filled with hope. Friends of the family risked their own lives to help the Frank family survive.
Anne wrote: “I am filled with joy … I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. Look at these things, then you find yourself again, and God, and then you regain your balance.”
In our ancestors’ footsteps — Jeremiah
One of the earliest tragedies faced by our ancestors was the destruction of the Temple in 586 BCE by King Nebuchadnezzar and his troops. It was a time of grief and despair for the Jewish people and many went into exile.
The prophet Jeremiah lived through these events and criticized the Jews for bringing the bad times on themselves. Yet Jeremiah also gave a strong message of hope. He was confident that life would return to normal. Jeremiah told the people not to feel abandoned and that Jerusalem would be restored.
Jeremiah spoke in God’s name: “Houses, fields and vineyards shall again be purchased in this land. I will bring them back to this place and let them dwell securely. They shall be My people, and I shall be their God.”
Finish these statements
Anne Frank fulfilled the mitzvah of tikvah by:
Jeremiah fulfilled the mitzvah of tikvah by:
I can fulfill this mitzvah by:
Family talk time
• A hope for something is like a wish and there are lots of things that we wish/hope for, even for some things that we know we will never have. Let each family member share what they hope for and why.
• What is the difference between having a dream and working toward your dream? Do some things just happen without work? Is it important to have a dream even if it seems a far way off?
• Why is hope important? Have you ever hoped for something that seemed really impossible?
What does it mean to have hope even when things seem really bad? How can we hope at those times?
Laura Seymour is director of camping services and director of Jewish life and learning at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.

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Zikaron is a sacred responsibility

Posted on 22 July 2019 by admin

This summer we study mitzvot through “mitzvah heroes.” Each week we remember — “We are standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before us!” 

Zikaron, the mitzvah of remembrance, has always been a sacred responsibility. Ever since we became a people, we have been commanded to remember.

The philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.” We remember our past by retelling our history, by observing the holidays and rituals, by saying Kaddish for those who died and by naming our children after those in the past. The Torah uses the term “remember” over 200 times.

Mitzvah hero of today’s world —
Steven Spielberg

In 1947, a Polish Jew named Leopold Pfefferberg vowed to make the story of Oskar Schindler famous. One day, in 1980, an Australian writer, Thomas Keneally, happened to stop in a Los Angeles luggage store where Pfefferberg worked. In a short conversation, Pfefferberg “sold” the story to Keneally. In 1982, a proposal for a screenplay was brought to Steven Spielberg.

At the time, Spielberg had little connection with his Jewish roots but finally, a decade later, he was ready to make the movie. Spielberg learned and connected to his Judaism through a film of remembrance. “The film is a remembrance for the survivors, for my mother’s generation and the people who should learn more. I am doing service, for the first time, to my Jewishness,” he stated. 

In our ancestors’ footsteps — Moses

One line in the Torah sums up the importance of memory: “ … and there arose a new king who knew not Joseph” (Exodus 1:8). If Pharaoh had only remembered how Joseph had saved Egypt from famine, perhaps the Jews would not have been slaves and the whole story of Exodus might have never happened.

But Pharaoh did not remember Joseph and Moses came forth to take the Israelites out of Egypt. Throughout the story Moses reminds the Israelites to remember that they were slaves and to remember to follow God’s commands.

Finish these statements

Steven Spielberg fulfilled the mitzvah of zikaron by:

Moses fulfilled the mitzvah of zikaron by:

I can fulfill this mitzvah by:

Family talk time

• With your whole family together, let each person tell of a special memory they have of each person in the family. Think of a way you can keep these memories — maybe a family memory book or even videotape.

• The rabbis say that “we were all at Sinai.” Pretend you are standing at Mount Sinai with Moses and tell what you “remember” happening.

• Play the game of telephone in which one person whispers something to the next and then passes it on. What happens? How are our stories changed when we tell them over and over? Do you have any stories that you remember word for word? Talk about how to pass on memories.

Laura Seymour is director of camping services and director of Jewish life and learning at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.

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Free to live in a better world

Posted on 11 July 2019 by admin

This summer we study mitzvot through “mitzvah heroes.” Each week we remember — “We are standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before us!”
Herut is the mitzvah of seeking freedom, which began with the Israelite’s escape from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Since that time, we have been told to remember and tell the story.
Judaism understands that freedom does not mean the chance to do whatever you want — it means the chance to live and work for a better world.
A special mitzvah that goes along with Herut is Pidyon Sh’vuyim or freeing of captives. It is our responsibility to help Jews who are held captive whether from the Soviet Union, Ethiopia or other places of oppression.
Mitzvah hero of today’s world —
Natan Sharansky
Anatoly Sharansky was born in Russia where Jews could not practice Judaism, nor could they leave the country. Sharansky became active in the movement to gain freedom for Jews and for all those suffering under the Communist regime.
Due to his work, he was denied an exit visa, harassed by the KGB and imprisoned. He became the best-known Jewish dissident.
Sharansky’s wife, who changed her name to Avital when she arrived in Israel, worked for his release. In November 1985, President Reagan convinced Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev to let Sharansky go to Israel.
When Sharansky arrived in Israel, he kissed the Western Wall and said, “Baruch matir asurim. Blessed is the One who liberates the imprisoned.” He changed his name to Natan — a gift from God.
In our ancestors’ footsteps — Alfred Dreyfus
Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935) was a Jewish army officer in France who was accused of passing military secrets to the Germans in 1894. In spite of all kinds of errors in his trial, he was found guilty and sent to Devil’s Island Prison. Finally, in 1904, a new court re-examined the case and declared that the evidence was unsubstantiated and that Dreyfus was innocent.
Theodor Herzl was a journalist covering the case. He was so upset by the anti-Semitism that had caused this that the “Dreyfus Affair” prompted Herzl, the Father of Zionism, to begin his quest for a Jewish state.
Finish these statements
Natan Sharansky fulfilled the mitzvah of Herut by:
Alfred Dreyfus fulfilled the mitzvah of Herut by:
I can fulfill this mitzvah by:
Family talk time
• We all know the story of the Israelites in Egypt who were slaves until Moses came along. The people came to Mt. Sinai and received the Torah — a book filled with rules. Did that mean we were no longer free? How can you be free if you have to follow rules?
• Find out about one of your camp friends who is from Russia. Why did their family come to Dallas? What does freedom mean to them?
• The mitzvah called “Pidyon Sh’vuyim — freeing of captives” is about a responsibility we have to help others gain their freedom. What are some ways we can do this mitzvah today?
Laura Seymour is director of camping services at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.

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Justice helps repair the world

Posted on 03 July 2019 by admin

This summer, we study mitzvot through “mitzvah heroes.” Each week we remember — “We are standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before us!”
Tzedek is the mitzvah of doing justice. The words tzedek and tzedakah appear almost 300 times in the Torah. Jewish tradition teaches that justice and compassion are two of the most important qualities for people to survive and live together peacefully.
Leviticus 19, also called the Holiness Code, says that being holy is being just.
Elie Wiesel told the following story: A man who saw injustice in his city protested against it every day. One day someone asked why he continued to protest since no one was paying attention. The man answered, “In the beginning I thought I would change people, but now I continue so people will not change me.”
Mitzvah hero of today’s world —
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
When Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated with honors from Columbia Law School, not one law firm in New York would hire her because she was a woman. She became a pioneer in the fight for women’s legal rights and argued six landmark cases on behalf of women before the Supreme Court.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated her to the Supreme Court. Upon accepting the nomination, she spoke of her background. “I am very sensitized to discrimination. I grew up at the time of World War II in a Jewish family. I have memories as a child … seeing a sign in front of a restaurant: ‘No dogs or Jews allowed.’ I have a last thank-you … to my mother. I pray that I may be all that she would have been had she lived in an age when women could aspire and achieve, and daughters are cherished as much as sons.”
In our ancestors’ footsteps —
Jewish Supreme Court Justices
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of the most recent Jewish justices and the first Jewish woman justice. However, many great American Jews have served the United States as lawyers and judges.
Louis Brandeis was the first Jewish Supreme Court justice, serving from 1916 to 1939. He was nicknamed “The People’s Attorney” because he was an advocate of social and economic reforms. He was also a leading Zionist and Brandeis University is named in his honor.
Benjamin Cardozo served on the Supreme Court from 1932 to 1938. The school of law at Yeshiva University is named after him. Felix Frankfurter served from 1939 to 1962 and helped create the American Civil Liberties Union. Arthur Goldberg and Abe Fortas served in the 1960s and Stephen Breyer was named to the Court in 1994.
Finish these statements
Ruth Bader Ginsburg fulfilled the mitzvah of tzedek by:
The U.S. Supreme Court Justices fulfill the mitzvah of tzedek by:
I can fulfill this mitzvah by:
Family talk time
• Sometimes kids say that something a parent, teacher or coach decides isn’t fair. What does it mean to be fair? Think of some examples and then think of a way to decide what is fair.
For example, when sharing a piece of cake, one person gets to cut and the other gets to choose the piece.
• Why is it so hard to be a judge? What does it mean to be “impartial”? What would make it difficult to judge someone? Can we judge ourselves? Why or why not?
• Making sure there is justice in the world is not the same as making sure there are judges. What is justice all about? Some people say that life isn’t always fair — is that fair?
Laura Seymour is director of camping services and director of Jewish life and learning at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.

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Strive for courage, strength

Posted on 27 June 2019 by admin

This summer we study mitzvot through “mitzvah heroes.” Each week we remember — “We are standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before us!”
Ometz Lev, the mitzvah of courage, literally means “dedication of the heart.” When our heart is set, we have the inner strength to overcome fear and doubt. This is not only the soldier kind of courage, but rather the courage that we have because we have trust in God. It also means the power to have endurance, persistence and the strength to be a good person.
Mitzvah hero of today’s world —
Hannah Senesh
Hannah Senesh was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1921. As a teenager, Hannah was very active in Zionist activity, and in 1939, she moved to a kibbutz in Palestine. World War II broke out and Hannah was very worried about friends and family. In 1943, she joined the Palmach, the Jewish army in Palestine. The Palmach planned a raid to help Jews escape from the Nazis. They would drop soldiers behind enemy lines. Hannah volunteered and was the only woman chosen to go on the raid. Soon after landing, she was captured and tortured to divulge plans and codes. Hannah refused to speak and was executed by a firing squad. Word of Hannah’s bravery and strength spread to all the Jews. She remains in the hearts of all Jews and is remembered through her poetry for her bravery.
“I wounded another not knowing both ends of an arrow mar.
“I too was hurt in the battle and shall bear a scar.”
In our ancestors’ footsteps —
Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai
There is in Rome the famous Arch of Titus showing Romans in 70 CE triumphantly parading spoils from the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which they had just destroyed. It is one end of the story of the time that the Romans conquered Israel. This could have been the end of Judaism, but it wasn’t because of the bravery and wisdom of Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai.
While the Romans laid siege against Jerusalem, ben Zakkai had a plan. His followers pretended he was dead and carried him outside the city gate in a coffin, but ben Zakkai arose, and went to the general, who granted ben Zakkai one request: “Give me Yavneh and its sages.” The small academy of Yavneh became the spiritual center of the Jewish people and a new type of Judaism survived which allowed Judaism to flourish wherever the Jews would go.
Finish these statements
Hannah Senesh fulfilled the mitzvah of Ometz Lev by:
Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai fulfilled the mitzvah of Ometz Lev by:
I can fulfill this mitzvah by:
Family talk time
• Let each family member talk about a time they did something that took courage. Remember, it doesn’t always have to mean physical courage. Does having courage mean you are never afraid?
• When we talk about strength, we usually think of physical strength. What does it mean to be strong in other ways?
• Some people talk about “strong families.” What makes a strong family? How can you make your family stronger? Does being part of the Jewish religion or community help you be stronger? How and why?
Laura Seymour is director of camping services at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.

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