Sacred Relationhips, Sacred Deeds
Rabbi Bill S. Tepper, Holy Blossom Temple Grade 7 Faculty Member
What makes a relationship sacred? And what are sacred deeds?
Last night, Holy Blossom Temple’s Grade 7 students explored the nature of marriage, and the holiness with which our Jewish tradition imbues it. We discussed the rituals associated with a marriage ceremony, as well as the trust, willingness to partner and compromise, and listening skills from which flow long-lasting relationships. We also examined different ketubot – the Jewish marriage contracts – provided by Rabbi Tepper and Rabbi Helfman.
In the second half of our evening, students listened to their friends in Grade 8 share thoughts regarding ‘JTEM,’ the ‘Jewish Teen Experience Midtown’ opportunity available to them next year, and a reminder that Jewish learning – sacred deed that it is – need not conclude at Bat or Bar Mitzvah.
As well, students took part in a program guided by Jennifer Morawetz of V’ahavta – an organization that responds to the needs of Toronto’s economically and socially deprived citizens. Students engaged in hypothetical situations requiring them to draw on limited financial resources – a powerful experience in realizing ‘how the other half lives.’ As our Jewish tradition teaches us: responding to those less-fortunate than us is both a sacred deed and an ethical imperative.
Sh’vua tov – a good and healthy week to all!