Religious School News – January, 2020

Al Shlosha D’vorim “The world is sustained by three things: Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Chasadim

When considering the gifts of moral guidance that we, as parents and adults, can give to our children, we are provided with the most important concepts of all; Torah, the wisdom of our Creator and the sages that proceed us; Avodah, the work that satisfies our souls and makes a better world; and Gemilut Chasadim, acts of love and kindness!  These are the things that will sustain us as a people and quite frankly, sustain the world as a whole — not too bad for a framework!

The great news is that we all are committed to teaching these three things, whether you know it or not!  At home and at Religious School, we teach stewardship to the Earth and we teach the Golden Rule — we are teaching Torah!  At home and Religious School we teach prayer and gratitude to Gd — we are teaching Avodah!  And at home and at Religious School we teach kindness and sharing and acceptance — we are teaching Gemilut Chasadim!

Do you want to know how I know this?  The Religious School teachers and I get to watch your children embodying these middot (values).  We watch it in the way they honor things sacred, in the way they work on their Tephila and certainly in the ways they treat one another.  As a community we see it in their self-advocacy each Sunday when they fill out the leaves in the back of Kehila Tephila.  With these leaves they are recognizing and celebrating their own moral successes.  The self-celebration motivates our children to perpetuate and further embody these values!

This year we added an opportunity to celebrate one another with an acorn, a seed.  This kind of recognition serves as a seed on which more great things can grow.

Mitzvah Tree
Mitzvah Tree by Meg Winnecour

And, with anything Jewish we want to enact Hiddur Mitzvot, we want to beautify our commandments!  CBHT Religious School is so fortunate to have the beautiful artwork of Meg Winnecour!  In celebration of our awesome children, Meg has painted a beautiful Mitzvah Tree, on which we will hang out Mitzvah leaves full of Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Chasadim!

Thank you, Meg, and thank you Mitzvah Makers!

Seth Kellam,

Director of Religious Education & Sacred Music