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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin


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  • Thursday, June 8 is our last day of school. Parents of TGS-PK3 are invited to come for our class parties from 9:30-10:30am followed by our graduate parade at 10:30am. PK4 Graduation is at 11:00am. Anyone not attending graduation with their parents should be picked up at 10:45am.


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From Rabbi David

In this week's parsha, Naso, Aaron gives all of the Israelites a blessing that has been passed down from parents to children for generations:

יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהֹוָה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ׃

May ADONAI bless you and protect you! יָאֵר יְהֹוָה  פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ׃ May ADONAI deal kindly and graciously with you! יִשָּׂא יְהֹוָה  פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם׃ May ADONAI bestow [divine] favor upon you and grant you peace!

That we have the capacity to give blessing is, itself, a beautiful blessing. Since Abraham who was told by God that he would "be a blessing" we have had the capacity to be a blessing and to pass on blessing to others. Some blessings are more obvious than others.

The real work of living Jewishly is to be on high alert to all those less-obvious blessings - and to be open to those people who we may dismiss as not in our lives to give us blessing. The truth is that each person's very presence is a blessing. That we are able to learn from others, laugh with others, be challenged by others and be loved by others is the greatest blessing of all. That's why celebrating each child's unique personalities, strengths and areas of growth is so central to what we do every day at Gan Sinai. Because we know that their very presence in our lives and in the lives of their classmates is a blessing - each and every one.

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