January 21

Grade 6: Responsibilities of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Quiz (Wednesday, January 29th, 2020)

Yesterday our class decided that our next Jewish studies assessment will take place on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020. The review sheet below provides students with key terms to define along with short answer practice questions. Students should review their notes in order to prepare for the quiz.


Click the link below to access the review sheet:

Responsibilities of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Review Sheet



January 14

Grade 6: Are You Obligated to Wear Tzitzit While Playing Basketball?

This week we have been uncovering the meaning behind the tallit and tzitzit. We discussed the difference between the tallit gadol and the tallit katan. We also learned about the tekhelet (blue thread) that is to be attached when available to the fringes of a four cornered garment. The students were excited to research and learn about the mysterious “chilazon”.

If you want to learn more about the chilazon and tekhelet click here: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/530127/jewish/Tekhelet-The-Mystery-of-the-Long-Lost-Biblical-Blue-Thread.htm

Today students will be looking at various texts and verses that discuss the mitzvah of tzitzit. Students will also learn about the blessing that is said prior to putting on a tallit.

January 13

Grade 7: Interpersonal Mitzvot Video Project

Students are being tasked with diving deeper into one of the mitzvot we have studied in class. This is a fantastic opportunity to head down to the makerspace and use the green room for video recording.

Each group will create a video presentation that explains:

  1. The meaning/significance of the mitzvah (explain various interpretations)
    1. Where is it found within a Jewish context? (Torah? Mishnah?)
  2. How this mitzvah connects to your life/modern every-day life situations (applications)
  3. Your own interpretation on the value of this lesson (Why do you believe this is important?)

Remember that for each section, your group members may have different ideas. This is great! You can present more than one lesson/interpretation in these videos.


  • Research your mitzvah to uncover various interpretations and applications
  • Each person in your group must speak at least once
  • This video will also include a skit/visual representation of the lesson learned
  • Minimum of two minutes long (maximum eight minutes)


January 10

Great 8 Weekly Round-up

A great week with the 8th grade. We continued with our Talmudic Case study presentations.  The students presented case studies that focused on the moral dilemma of working for a cigarette company and if the Orthodox Yeshiva should ordain a homosexual student.


I want to thank all the Rabbis in the community for working with our students.

January 9

Grade 7: Mitzvah Projects Galore

This week our class began to prepare for our first lesson as apart of our TIPES Mitzvah Project. Next week our students will be meeting with a program coordinator from TIPES to learn more about the students we will be partnering with.

We watched and discussed a video that highlighted the strengths and challenges that many people face on the Autism Spectrum. The video did a great job providing students with tips and suggestions as they prepare to meet their new friends.



Lastly, we discussed the connection between this program and our Jewish values. How can you incorporate gemilut hasadim (acts of loving kindness) into your life?

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