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Kitah Vav (6th-grade) Update

Dear Vav (6th-grade) Parents,

Remember how we began with Hybrid Classes (Oy!!!), technology inconsistencies (double-Oy with extra exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!)? We were patient, we were more patient, and well…we made it!

It was another year where the Pandemic influenced how, and how much, we covered; but, we’ll always remember and learn from these challenges. Who knows(?), in time, maybe we’ll have a TT reunion for all who attended during these Pandemic years.

This year offered a huge opportunity to accept “uncertainty” in which to develop a new level of strength. Yes, there have always been uncertain challenges in our lives, but I believe we can agree that the lingering Covid-Pandemic imposed changes, almost everyday, for all of our families. I am extremely proud of all of you for sticking with it, not giving up, you are really amazing people!

Our last few days were spent learning about the State/Land of Israel in modern times (Israel as a “Start-Up” Nation), its many ethnic groups, culture, arts, technology, natural resources, and contributions to the world. I hope you have a decent grasp of the sequence of Israelite Leaders after Moses through the first kings (Saul, David, and Solomon). We’ve traveled (virtually) to archeological sites in Israel that we studied about in the TaNaKh (Torah, Nevi’im, Ketuvim); someday, I hope when you travel to Israel you’ll be sparked to remember some piece of what we have studied, as you actually step foot where our ancestors lived, that will be very cool (I can’t wait to go to Israel again).

We finished the year with an overview as we look back on the year’s studies. The Choreography of the Torah Service, Kashrut, many Holidays, Yad LaTorah, etc.

I hope that you feel that you learned about new subjects, maybe in a deeper way and will continue your Judaic studies throughout your lives.

This year has forced all of us to interact in a very different, yet amazing, manner, and it’s hard to believe that we will be saying “l’hitraot” (see you again) and Shalom for the summer. Mazel Tov to all the B’nai Mitzvah in the coming weeks and months.

Kol HaKavod (All of the Honor) to each of you!


Rabbi E

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