Jewish Value of the Month

Dec2017_TikkunOlamIn the 16th century, the Rabbi/Mytic Isaac Luria described the world’s creation and how G-dly spirit entered into the world through clay vessels.  When the clay vessels were shattered, Luria explained that only the act of doing mitzvot would repair the damage that had been done.  This is one of the earliest descriptions of Tikkun Olam or repairing the world, which in modern times, has become an obligation of Jews worldwide to continuously improve the world’s state through social action.

As the winter months are among us as well as the winter holidays and breaks from school, it is a perfect time to consider social projects thinking of those less fortunate.

Guided Discussion Questions

  • Why would the cold winter weather months make it more difficult for the homeless?
  • Why would the cold winter weather months make it more difficult for birds and animals?
  • At Hanukkah and Christmas, children all around the world get presents. What happens if a family doesn’t have money to buy presents for their children?
  • We think of the holidays as a happy time, but for some it may not be. Why?
  • What are ways we can help the homeless, animals, children or others in need at this time of year?
  • Do you think there are ways we can help those less fortunate feel happy?

Suggested Activity

No Sew Fleece Blankets for Children and Pets

No sew fleece blankets are an easy project that children and parents can make together.  They can be donated to animal shelters or other organizations and will benefit both people and pets.

Instructions

  1. Choose two different fleece fabric patterns:  a sold and a contrasting print.  They will need to be the same size.
  2. Line up the two pieces of fabric together. Trim the edges.
  3. Cut out a 5’ square from each of the four corners.
  4. Cut fringe on all four sides cutting through both pieces of fabric. Each fringe should be 5’ in length.
  5. Tie each of the fringes into a knot so you are also tying the two layers together.
  6. Tie all the fringes on all four sides of the blanket.

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