Kids and Teens
So, what do math and Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, have in common. On this day, Jews are supposed to do a cheshbon hanefesh. This literally means "accounting of the soul." We count up and categorize all the actions we've taken, and all the thoughts we've had during the year: How many good? How many bad? How many generous? How many selfish? How many useful? How many just a waste of time? Then we decide which actions and thoughts we want to repeat and which we will throw away.
In these parshot, Moses wraps up all he has to say to the Israelites. When he is done speaking, he will take leave of them and die. He says: "Please remember all I have instructed you to do, so that you will lead happy and fulfilled lives."
Did You See the movie "Lord of the Rings"? In it, Bilbo Baggins passes the ring on to his nephew, Frodo, who discovers that the ring makes the wearer powerful and evil. Now Frodo must return it to the evil place where it was created and throw it into the only fire that will destroy it.
Last week we talked about ways you can help out people who might need your help this summer. In this week's portion, we are again told not to forget the needy. This time the Torah uses the words "do not harden your heart." Who else hardens their heart in the Torah? Pharaoh, of course! Pharaoh gets so used to hardening his heart, that at some point, it becomes the only reaction he can have. Can you think of a time when you "hardened your heart" and refused to give in or help someone? The Torah says: Do not do this too often, for it will become a habit hard to break.
Achrei Mot and Kedoshim
Today we start the third book of the Torah -- Leviticus.
A Portion of Parshat Yitro
A Portion of Parshat Shmot
A Portion of Parshat Vayechi
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" opens in movie theaters today. Will it just be a magical adventure that entertains us, or are there deeper lessons that our Jewish souls can learn?
Below are seven middot (Jewish values) found in Pirkei Avot and in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the first book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. You can use these themes as a guide as you enjoy the movie.
Here we go again! We start the New Year by reading the Torah all over again from the beginning. Why do we do this, year after year? Why do we read the same things over and over again? Maybe we can find the answer in the word that means "year" in Hebrew: shana.
The eighth day of the holiday of Sukkot is actually a separate holiday called Shemini Atzeret. It means "the eighth day of the assembly."
The Holiest Day of the Year
Kids and Teens