My Gut Feeling

Wednesday night I had not idea what I wanted to do at one of my ECC schools regarding Judaic Studies. I looked through my collection of books and came across one that I never used before called, “Who Is the Builder?,” By Genendel Krohn.
I could not have picked a better book! The children were so into it! They were so quiet that you can hear a pin drop! I began the lesson with asking who they thought built the world? Most did say God. I read the story like I read all of them, animated and with this book, a quiet voice through much of it. It just seemed to be appropriate. After the story I explained that we all live in God’s house, that the whole world is God’s house. On a big pad, I wrote the students’ answers to the question of what did God build for our house? They were so excited to be giving me their answers! Some of the answers were trees, grass, flowers, sky, heaven, ice cream, butterflies, cats, dogs, people, etc. Some surprising comments were: God does not make bad people like robbers, which was from one of my 5 year old students. I explained that God made and makes all human beings with the ability to make good choices and bad choices. I asked her if she makes mistakes and of course she said yes, and I told her I do, that we all do. I told her if a bad makes a bad choice to rob a bank or a store, he/she will be punished for it. I explained it on her level. Another 5 year old told me Jesus who is God built the world. I explained to him that the Jewish people believe that Jesus was a wonderful man and teacher, but we do not believe that he is God. I made it clear that what he and his family believe is not wrong, that different people have different beliefs depending on the religion they are. WOW! Great discussions and challenges with these beautiful young people! I can go on and on.
The classes went so well yesterday morning, that I repeated the same at my school today. The kids were just as involved!
Tomorrow one of my students who is a special needs child has his Bar Mitzvah ceremony. He is ready! He knows many of the prayers and will be reading from the Torah scroll with some assistance. We are all so excited! What a wonderful feat for this young man! He is excited about the money he will be receiving. Although he loves money, he is a saver which I am happy about. But the dollar signs are what sticks out the most for him regarding this exciting Shabbat.
Things are winding down, so I am breathing a little, but my mind is always working.
Shabbat Shalom everyone!
Let me know if you have any questions regarding the beautiful book I wrote about.

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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