April 22, 2017
It is the mission of Congregation Agudath Sholom Youth Department to provide innovative religious and recreational activities for babies through senior teens, which infuse core Torah values and a general menschlichkeit into the daily lives of our youth.
Among the non-kosher birds is the chassidah - the stork. It is called chassidah because it displays kindness (chessed) toward others of its species by sharing food with them. According to the Ramban, the reason why the non-kosher birds are not kosher is because of their cruel nature. If so, the chassidah should have been a kosher bird - after all, it bestows kindness upon its companions!
Man finds it easy to love his fellow man if they are similar. If he learns in my school, if he dresses like I do, then I love him and I'll try to assist him whenever the need arises. If he's not like me, then I have no business with him and have no interest in helping him. However, the kosher form of chessed is to bestow kindness equally on all people, regardless of how similar they are to us. The chassidah acts kindly toward its companions, but only towards its companions. It does not act kindly towards anyone else. To Jews, that is not an admirable characteristic.
Many great people were known for their love and care for every single Jew, whether they wore a black hat, white kippah or no kippah. Being kind to just your own kind is not kosher!
Age Specific Topic to Discuss at your Shabbat Table:
1. What makes an animal kosher?
2. What makes a bird kosher?
3. What animals have one of the signs but not the other?*(Double nekudot question!)
4. What makes a fish kosher?
5. Why do Jewish people have to eat kosher (kind of a trick question)?*(Double nekudot question!!)
Please come to Rabbi Jeiger and get 2 nekudot (or 4 for the bonus question) if you can tell us about your family discussion of any of these questions or the d’var torah.
April 2017 – Theme of the Month: Kavod - Respect
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Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger