…Different Than All Others?
At the start of last Sunday’s 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Religious School gathering, we marked the end of one week and the start of another by celebrating Havdalah together. That short, four-blessing-long ceremony formally closed out Shabbat and also — by igniting our senses of taste, smell, sight, and hearing — pushed us to consider the new opportunities and obligations of the coming week.
But recognizing the distinction between one week (or day, or month) and the next has, lately, been a struggle for a lot of us. In times like these, many are quick to wonder, “Will this week feel just like last week? Will anything new happen? Will today be different than all other days?”
So with the experience of asking a similar question during Pesach fresh in our minds, I asked our Religious School students, “How will you make today different than yesterday?” — and challenged them to narrow their individual answers down to just ONE sentence. And you know what? They absolutely nailed it.