September 21, 2006
What are you thinking about this Rosh Hashanah?
Kids say the darnedest things!
(Page 2 - Previous Page)
"I think it's a great holiday, because you can see the rabbi blow the shofar, and you go to shul. I like to pray for all the people who died, and I want to pray that they'll be alive." "This year I'm having my bat mitzvah, so I'm thinking about the kinds of things I can do to help the community and different things I can do to make the New Year a lot better for society. I'm doing a project to help kids who don't have many things. I'm working with an organization called Para Los Ni?os, and I'm organizing drives to get used clothes, toys, art supplies and everything they need. "I looked up different organizations and what Para Los Ni?os does is really touching. They help so many kids who are at risk of being neglected or abused, and they don't have much and this organization comes and gives them a school and a place to live, and they help parents find jobs and it gives them a leg up in society."
-- Danielle Feuer, 12, Portola Middle School and Temple Emanuel Religious School
"I'm going to work on cutting with scissors and brushing my teeth."
-- Joshua Neidleman, 4, Institute of Jewish Education
"I am at Temple Emanuel a lot, and this is my last year here for the High Holidays, so I'm trying to soak it all up because I don't know what it's going to be like when I'm at college next year. So even though this is the New Year, for me it's kind of the last year, and it feels strange. "I really don't know how many hours a week I'm here. I work here, I'm a madricha [counselor] here, I'm a junior cantor, I'm in family choir, I'm chair of Temple Youth. This is my home; it's my family, and I'm leaving them. "Singing in the family choir is an important part of High Holidays for me. Being involved changes the way you look at the High Holidays. When I was little, the High Holidays was a chance to see my friends, but it also meant I had to dress up, which I hated, and I thought services were boring. I thought the music was beautiful, but sitting through a long service was really tough when I was younger. Then I began to get more involved and I was able to follow the prayers because I heard them every year, and then I was in the family choir and all of a sudden it's this amazing thing. It's all in how you approach it. It's about being proactive, not being passive. You can't just let the High Holidays happen to you."
-- Nicole Berne, 17, Beverly Hills High School and chair of Temple Youth at Temple Emanuel
"I'm going to brush my teeth every day and do a Rosh Hashanah puzzle, and go to bed and not say no, but sometimes I forget to not say no."
-- Rebecca Harooni, 4, Institute of Jewish Education
"I think it's kind of fun and at the same time scary, because you don't know how you are going to be judged. But it's also fun because it's a holiday. You don't know which book you are going to be in -- the good book or the bad book or just the normal book -- so you try to do as many mitzvot as you can and not to do aveirot. I think I need to work on being a better person and to focus a little."
-- Anna Gordon, 8, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy
"I am going to do teshuvah [repentance], think about my mistakes and daven hard. Maybe I miss davening sometimes, maybe sometimes I'm disrespectful to the rabbis, and I want to fix that. I'm going to say sorry, and I'm going to pray and I'm going to try my hardest to be more respectful. It is important to be respectful because you want the rabbis to be respectful to you, and they're older and they teach you, and you need to respect them."
-- Brandon Cohen, 13, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy
1 | 2