3RD GRADE – KITAH GIMMEL
The Jewish value I connect with the most is “Tikun Olam”, making the world a better place to live. It is in the Aleinu prayer that we are asked to “repair or perfect the world in the kingdom of God.” From this comes the concept of tikun olam, which asks us to help complete the creation of the world which God began. What this means to us today includes being responsible for the consequences of our own behavior, being kind and accepting of all God’s creatures, taking care of the environment and natural resources, and being good citizens–with all that implies. As a teacher, I try to model this behavior for my students and try to find ways that they can help. Each student has the opportunity to improve the world through words, deeds and actions. This is accomplished by teaching, inspiring and modeling Jewish values. Students learn the value of helping others in need throughout the year.