Last night [Monday Oct. 30] our Grade Seven class at Holy Blossom Temple devoted time to exploring the nature of mitzvot, and the importance of continuing – notwithstanding the challenges and setbacks – to engage in ‘good deeds.’
By way of modeling mitzvot, Rabbi Bill Tepper brought to class a framed newspaper photo from the Toronto Star of 1942, that featured his mother and her neighbourhood friends, taken on the occasion of their holding a lawn sale to raise funds for children in England who were victims of the German Blitz. The sale raised four dollars [a LOT of money in those days!].
As well, Rabbi Tepper showed his students a t-shirt designed with a tikkun olam graphic – worn by youth at a special summer camp run annually by the Jewish Federation of Chattanooga, Tennessee [and where Rabbi Tepper served for eight years].
In the second half of the evening everyone gathered for a spirited t’filah, with musical accompaniment by Ido Mordechay and Avishai Sol, as well as the guidance of Noa Gordon and Rabbi Jordan Helfman, during which we honoured the memory of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin – whose yahrzeit is this week.
Overall – another excellent and rewarding evening of learning and Jewish experience at Holy Blossom. Sh’vua tov/a good week to all!
Rabbi Bill Tepper