The Emotional Rollercoaster

Since I teach so many different age groups, this is one of the times of school year that my curriculum has to change from morning to afternoon, from day to day, sometimes from hour to hour.
We have Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Wednesday night, then the following week, Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day).
For example, yesterday in Religious School, my class read many writings from Holocaust survivors of all ages. We ready short stories, lyrics of music, and poetry. This morning because my students are ECC, we sang songs celebrating Israel and danced the Hora.
Tomorrow I teach children from toddlers to 12 years old. It will be a day of twists and turns. I will go from celebrating Israel to lighting a memorial candle for the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
We have our homeland, which I miss terribly, thanks to many who had to leave their homes to flee persecution. We go from sadness to joy, but we must remember we got our home, Israel, at a cost. We celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut with joy, but we also must remember, it takes a lot to defend it. The Israeli flag of blue and white symbolizes loyalty, faiths and the heavens, as well as innocence, honesty, and peace. Let’s pray for peace and tolerance during these next several days. Let’s light the memorial candles and dance the hora.
Have a good week.

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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