Friday, May 25, 2012

A Day of Inspiration

Inspiring Jewish souls is our primary goal as a Jewish school. Our school and our classrooms are sacred spaces that nurture our children's natural sense of wonder and radical amazement.  Today was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate that inspiration.

This morning, our Gan Bet families celebrated their milestone at which every student received their Torah journal at the foot of Mount Sinai.  The students proudly shared their work with their families and friends as we all celebrated their wonderful accomplishments.

We were inspired again at our Memorial Day assembly led by Mr. Waldman and our 7th graders.  Verses from Torah mixed with historical narrative and remembrances of fallen soldiers brought us together as a community, proud to be Americans.  A highlight of our program was when we welcomed Elliot Chefitz back to our school.  Elliot attended Kehillah Schechter Academy and is a veteran soldier of both the Iraq and Afganistan wars.  His service was honored with a standing ovation from our students.

Our 7th and 8th graders served on the Sanhedrin (the High Court) as Rabbis Barry Starr and Miriam Spitzer joined Rabbi David in a lively debate about the authority of Torah from Sinai.  (Rabbi David's position won!)

Our day ended with all of our students coming together to create a KSA Torah with words and images of all of the Torah we have received and learned throughout the past year.  Each grade gathered around a large piece of parchment (butcher paper) to record their memories and lessons.  A number of 8th grade "Kohanim" then received these Torah tributes and stitched them together into one long sefer Torah.

In the book of Sh'mot (Exodus) we learn:

וַיֵּצְאוּ כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, מִלִּפְנֵי מֹשֶׁה. כא וַיָּבֹאוּ, כָּל-אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר-נְשָׂאוֹ לִבּוֹ; וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר נָדְבָה רוּחוֹ אֹתוֹ, הֵבִיאוּ אֶת-תְּרוּמַת יְהוָה לִמְלֶאכֶת אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד וּלְכָל-עֲבֹדָתוֹ, וּלְבִגְדֵי, הַקֹּדֶשׁ.

"Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence, and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to HASHEM for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments."

Before leaving, the students brought their bikkurim (fruit and vegetables) and placed them in baskets that are being given to the Stoughton food pantry.  There is no greater inspiration than seeing 200+ children all doing a mitzvah together!

Today was a day of inspiration - very much like every day at Kehillah Schechter Academy.

Please don't forget to join us for one of our two upcoming Community Conversations this coming week on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00pm.  We look forward to seeing you and sharing with you all of the inspiration that is KSA!

D-Res and Rabbi David

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