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Monday, September 21, 2015

Feliz Cumpleaños!

In a festive way, Sra. Birman's Spanish classes celebrated students' birthdays! 

Moses Bakst

Paulette Abrahams

Friday, September 18, 2015

Teshuvah Assembly 5776: Rabbi Pesach Krohn

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Tzom Gedaliah 5776,  Rabbi Pesach Krohn addressed the students and faculty  of the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School at the annual Teshuvah assembly. Rabbi Krohn shared many ideas behind עשרת ימי תשובה.  He talked about the themes תשובה תפילה וצדקה and inspired the students with his use of humor and his positive persona. Rabbi Krohn focused his speech on a story about how many good things can come out of one good deed. In his story, an Orthodox Jew offered anything from his store to a family whose house burnt down. When the boy of this family grew up, he became a bank owner and an Orthodox rabbi came to ask him for a loan to build a new shul.  The man remembered what the Orthodox Jewish store owner did for his famiy when he was young  and showed his הכרת הטוב by paying it forward and giving the Orthodox rabbi a loan. The speech ended with a metaphor: anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only G-d can count the apples that will come from one seed. Every time we do a mitzvah, we are planting a seed from which many good things may come. Ultimately, our actions can have a greater positive effect on the world around us. 

During this time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we focus on our actions, past, present, and future in order to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of those around us, so that Hashem may bless us with a good year. גמר חתימה טובה.
~Naomi Sanders, Class of 2017