My Quotes from B’resheet Self Portrait

This week we made self portraits with quotes from B’resheet. B’resheet is the first book in the Torah, but it is also a Parasha. We used quotes from the Parasha, not the book. The Parasha B’resheet is all about creation. The creation of everything on earth; plants, animals, water, light, the moon, the sun, the stars, the land, even us people. We have been studying this in our Tanach class. We made self portraits, and we put quotes in Hebrew inside of them. It was so cool, especially when we did marker water color. That may sound weird, but it is basically when you trace something in marker, and you take a brush dipped in water and brush over the marker, and then it has a water color like effect.

I chose to use seven quotes in my painting. My first quote is: ״ויעש א-לוקים…את הכוכבים״ or “and G-d made…the stars.”  This quote says to me, reach for the stars. It reminds me to work towards my dreams. My second quote is: ״לא טוב היות האדם לבדו״ or “it is not good for man to be alone.” This quote says to me to love my friends and family, and I do. My third quote is: ״וירא א-לוקים את-כל-אשר עשה והנה-טוב מאוד״ or “and G-d saw everything that he had made and it was extremely good.” I like this quote because all of the phones and toys really don’t matter in the end, but all of the nature and animals and people do matter. My fourth quote is: ״שבת מכל-מלאכתו״ or “a break (or stop or end) from all of the work.” I like this quote because I keep Shabbat every week. My fifth quote is: ״נפש חיה״ or “living soul.” I like this quote because to me it says YOLO (You Only Live Once), and to live life to the fullest. My sixth quote was: ״לזאת יקרא: ׳אשה׳״ or “this is called: ‘woman’.” I like this quote because, well, I am a girl. My seventh, and final quote, is: ״מזריע זרע…עץ פרי אשר זרעו-בו״ or “plant a seed…a fruit tree will grow there.” I like this quote because I like fruit and I like plants.

Here is my picture:

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My Ethical Will

In Mitzvot, we learned about the importance of an ethical will. An ethical will talks about all of your hopes and dreams for your children, not your possessions. Here is my ethical will:

Dear Family,

This is my ethical will. I want you to try your best when doing tough tasks. Even if you fail, persevere. Embrace you Jewish heritage-it sets you aside from over half the world, and it makes you unique. Always be yourself, even if you are not liked for it, because you are great. Make sure to know who your superiors are, and respect them. Do good deeds and be humble. Volunteer and observe Mitzvot. Keep kosher and go to shul every week. Work hard and make lots friends. I want you to not mourn excessively, but remember all of the joyous things we did together. Please read this once a week and do all of these things. I will love you all forever.

-Eliana

Cleaning Tombstones at a Cemetary

Today we went to a Jewish cemetery to clean the dirty tombstones. We used bleach, water, and soap and we scrubbed the tombstones to make them clean. We observed the mitzvah called כיבוד המת-honor the poor, because by cleaning the tombstones, it is showing that we care about the people that died even though they are dead. This is important because we learned this week that having a funeral makes the person who is about to die, feel a little peace of mind to know what happens to them when they die. I am really lucky to have had the opportunity to clean the tombstones, because it made me feel really great to clean the tombstones today. I wish people will clean my tombstone when I die. It was really moving to be able to clean the tombstones.