1ST GRADE – KITAH ALEPH
Hakhnasat orhim, the welcoming of guests, is the Jewish value I’ve been taught to live by and appreciate my entire life. When Shabbat comes rolling around and it’s my family’s turn to host, my parents shop for groceries and clean the house as if the president is planning a visit to our home. When I was younger, it seemed to strange to me that they would do all this extra work just because we had people coming over. I asked them why it was that they took having guests over so seriously, and I was given this response: “Just like Abraham and Sarah, your mom and I understand the importance of making sure our guests feel welcomed in our home.” Since childhood, my dad’s words have played over in my head every time I expect guests. Teaching at Sinai will be no different–my classroom is my home and my students are the guests I will invite to come in to explore new ideas in a safe, comfortable space.