- Friday | November 15, 2019
- 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Shalom Parents –
We had another wonderful week at Jacob M. Ott Hebrew School. In honor of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, most classes started learning about Tzedakah and Acts of Kindness (Chesed).
In this week’s Parasha, Vayerah, Abraham welcomes three strangers to his tent. He offers them water and bread, but actually they prepare a feast in their honor. By saying less and doing more, Abraham gives us a glimpse into his humble personality. We can all learn from him by doing good deeds quietly and without boasting. His hospitality is a radical and counter-cultural act of universal identification: he makes no distinctions of familiarity, rank, class, or belief; he freely offers his presence and opens his home to every person he encounters. My wish for this year and moving forward is that our Hebrew School students will engage in the world like Abraham in his tent and Sarah in her hospitality and perform acts of kindness in our community, quietly and without boasting.
Tonight, at our first annual giving Shabbat, you will have an opportunity to be part of our Ha-Chnasat Orchim (welcoming guests) and Chesed/Tzedaka. This is a great opportunity for our students and families to get together, welcome new families and get to know one another. For Tzedaka, please bring one or more nonperishable food items (canned foods, pasta, etc.) or toiletries (such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.), which will be donated to Sovah Food Pantry. I look forward to spending Shabbat dinner with all of you.