Jonathan Ain, Director of Development
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T. 416.789.3291 ext. 249
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Immediately following the Shacharit service, on Friday morning, March 30, 2018 at 9.00 am we will be holding a Siyyum for Bachorim and Bachorot, (First born children, male and female).
It is customary on Erev Pesach for the first born male and female (according to Sephardic tradition), to fast from sunrise until the beginning of the Seder. The fast is in recognition that the first born of the Israelites were ‘passed over’ while the first born of the Egyptians were subject to the plague of death of first borns, according to the Passover story.
Since Jewish tradition does not permit a fast on a joyous occasion such as the beginning of a Festival, the custom of participating in a Siyyum was created. The Siyyum consists of inviting all first borns to be present at a brief study session concluding a portion of a sacred text. Afterwards, all first borns are invited to a meal, called a seudat mitzvah (in honor of a commandment; in this case, sacred study). By participating in this mitzvah, the first born does not have to fast.
If you are a first born, you are welcome to attend, as are your first born children and grandchildren, even those who have not yet celebrated a Bat or Bar mitzvah.
Tzedakah collected will be donated to support our students who pack up Kosher l’Pesach food for local Jewish families in need. As Rabbi Splansky has written, “we can opt out of the Fast with sacred study, but many Canadians cannot.”
Mark Goodman will lead us in study.
Chag Pesach Sameach!
(As Friday is a statutory holiday, Shacharit begins at 9.00 am.)
What a fun day in Grade 3 today! The students started with some Passover-related activities and their Hebrew word of the day (Seder). Following, we enjoyed a nice service and then a fun Bingo program with Ido and Noa, our Shinshinim!
The students engaged in a discussion on the symbolism in the Passover Seder, and worked on their Seder-Helper packages to take home. After some intense four-questions practice, we enjoyed a viewing of the Rugrats Passover Special on the big screen in the Youth Chapel. Chag Pesach Sameach!
Dear JK/SK Parents:
Welcome back! I’m so glad everyone had such a relaxing break. It was really nice to see the children’s smiling faces.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to learn all about Passover with us. We had a great time making plague bags, tasting matzah and sorting food into two groups – chametz and kosher, for Passover. Thanks especially to everyone who helped with singing Mah Neeshtana at the end of the morning. That was a wonderful way to end the program.
Just a reminder that we do not have class next week since it is Passover. We return the following Sunday – April 8.
Have a wonderful Passover!
Dear Grade 2 Parents,
In this week’s class, we reviewed the Passover story and talked about Passover traditions, customs and rituals. Students learned about preparing our homes – cleaning and clearing the house of chamatz, known in Hebrew as Bedikat Chamatz and Beua’ur Chamatz. We also practiced reciting the four questions and analyzed the items found on the Seder plate and their significance to the holiday.
Wishing Everyone a Chag Sameach!
It was really wonderful to see how much the kids learned and the great effort they put toward preparing and presenting their projects. It was a really special way to conclude our Israel Projects!
Thank you for assisting your children with this project and thank you for coming, I am sure that you also learned a lot today, as I did. Every one of my students made an A+ job.
A special thank you to Joseph for the treat at the end.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Passover.
We had such lovely time in grade five on Sunday and I want to thank all the parents who attended to learn a little and participate making art.
I felt the love that was in the room and I’m sorry that the lesson was shorter than I originally planed. Since half the class was missing and it is an important lesson, I will continue with the rest of the class. Wishing you all a beautiful holiday of Spring, family, freedom and love.
It was nice meeting you all on Wednesday and I hope that we will continue to have fun and learn together in the weeks to come.
We were lucky to have our Shinshinim who came and played a Bingo game with us, with the focus on Passover.
The kindergarten and grade 1 students learned a new letter, Nun. The word Ner – Candle starts with that letter. The younger students also made a Sedder plate and learned the meaning of all the food on the plate. We also recited the four questions.
The older students practiced reading from the Hagada and learned the meaning of the words: Sedder, Hagada and the names of the holiday.
This week we learned the new Hebrew word Ner Tamid which means “always lit” and the Ner Tamid can be found in the chapel. We all went up to the chapel today to see it. The students did an amazing job at singing the Ma Nishtana. My hope is that they also sing it at your Seder. We also made Haggadahs, with the order of the Seder and the Ma Nishtana. Hopefully they will bring it with them to their Seders and follow along.
Next week we do not have classes. Classes resume on Sunday, April. 8, 2018 at 9:30am. Have a great Passover and Chag Sameach!
How The Other Half Lives
As Jews residing in Canada we are spiritually and emotionally connected to our fellow Jews in Israel. We are bound by a common tradition, narrative and set of values. We are much the same; but by virtue of life in Israel versus the rest of the Jewish world, we are also different.
Last night, the students of Holy Blossom Temple’s Grades 6, 7, post-B’nai Mitzvah and Confirmation classes gathered in the Philip Smith Hall for a special program guided by the Shinshinim – the young Israeli adults in our Greater Toronto community serving Temples, synagogues and other Jewish organizations during the 2017-2018 school year.
The program – which involved videos, small and large group discussion – focused on Israelis engaged in high-stress occupations, kibbutz life, Arab-Israeli relations and the complex dynamic involving Israel’s secular and religious Jews. It was an evening of reflection, conversation and engagement. It was an evening of discovery as it pertained to how our ‘other half’ – our brothers and sisters in Israel – live their lives.
Todah Rabbah – thank you so much – to the shinshinim for an excellent learning experience.
Rabbi Bill S. Tepper
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