I Won’t Let Go

Things like what happened yesterday reminds me why I am so lucky to be teacher and pass on knowledge to children and then in turn, they pass on their knowledge and ideas to me.

I think very highly of the song, “I Won’t Let Go,” by Rascal Flatts. If you haven’t heard it yet, definitely google it or even U tube it. Anyway, as we are speaking about the lyrics using the analogies in the song, speaking about their interpretations, I had an idea. I asked the students in one of the classes, if we were to sing this piece for Chanukah, how could we spin this song to give it meaning for the holiday? A brand new student, 12 years old, said to me, this is HaShem (God) “singing to us” to make us feel better and give us encouragement during the difficult times in our history with the Greeks. Then another student said it is “HaShem’s pep talk.” How beautiful! How wonderful! I had chills. After the class, I was like a kid running to the principal to tell her something! So, the result is, we will be singing this for Chanukah when we make our rounds in a few months. Please, if you haven’t heard the song, definitely take a few minutes and listen to it, and it you have heard the song, really listen to the lyrics.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning when we make our round Challah covers. If you want to know how I am doing it with preschoolers, let me know! If you already make them with your kids, let me know how you do it. I think educators sharing their ideas is very important. We all learn from each other.

Starting two new children this evening for instruction in Hebrew. Can’t wait!

About cantorrisa

I am a Cantor, Judaic Studies, and music teacher. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, and help people from young to old love being Jewish. I teach and sing in several synagogues and schools in the area. I officiate all life cycle events and teach students, children and adults, privately for their b'nai mitzvah ceremonies. I also enjoy studying Bible with all faiths either individually or in small groups (chevruta). I conduct Shabbat and High Holiday Services at K'hilat Bayt Shira and Senior Communities in the area. In my spare time, I teach key board and guitar. I am married to a wonderful man, have two children and six grandchildren. My hobbies are writing, playing and listening to music, learning, reading, crocheting and knitting.
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