We’ve been busy the last couple weeks at Religious School. Since we weren’t at Religious School on the actual holiday itself, we had a lesson on Simchat Torah on Sunday, Oct. 27th. Your child brought home a flag they decorated in class. It was nice seeing so many of you at the Consecration Service the week before. I hope it was a meaningful and memorable ceremony for you and your child.
This past week, we focused on the concept of “asking for forgiveness” and how that relates to different real-life situations. Everyone had a story to share that correlated to this topic. From having to say “I’m sorry” for breaking a sibling’s toy, to apologizing for saying something hurtful to a friend at school, everyone could imagine a situation when they too had to seek someone’s forgiveness. We read a relevant story called Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna (yes, the 80’s singer that unfortunately this generation was unfamiliar with) where a boy spreads a rumor in the small town of “Happville” about his teacher/baseball coach and the damage one assumption had on his reputation. His baseball coach helps him see the effect his actions had by asking him to cut open a feather pillow and shake it out into the wind, to only go back and pick up each one of those hundreds of feathers and put them back inside the pillow. Even on a not-so-windy day, this task would be impossible. The little boy had to learn this lesson the hard way and “repair” the situation by going back and making sure everyone who heard the rumor was set straight.
By telling even just one person something false about someone else, others too will hear the wrong information. It can happen so quickly and we must be careful with our words. We also talked about the significance of saying both “I’m sorry” AND following it up with, “how can I make it better?” We had a great discussion and I hope the “Town of Happville” artwork with the feathers on it makes more sense now. Please note: I will be gone this Sunday, but Miss Sarah will be here and is a wonderful teacher. She teaches throughout the week in the various preschool classrooms at Bet Shalom Yeladim, and already knows most of the families in this class. There will be more information coming from the religious school about the special assembly with Rabbi Cohen that starts this session off from 9-9:30. Parents are supposed to attend this short program with their kids. The day will resume as usual following the presentation in the sanctuary.
Mazel Tov to both Charles and Samantha. They were our Mensch Award winners these last 2 weeks!
Have a good rest of the week and weekend.