Making sense of tragedy: Rabbi Clevenger Unpacks Sandy Hook with Seventh Graders

Today I set out to finish our unit on Chanukah with your kids and ended up having an incredible discussion with them about the tragedy in Connecticut and Jewish ideas about life and death.  Rashi has done an excellent job of helping students talk about the Sandy Hook killings and it was not my intention to have further discussions in class, but this is where … Continue reading Making sense of tragedy: Rabbi Clevenger Unpacks Sandy Hook with Seventh Graders

Chanukah – The Festival of Light

Chanukah, the Festival of Light, occurs during the darkest and shortest of our days. The Chanukiah is a metaphor for light so how can we make life and the world around us less of a “dark” place? Could we incorporate behaviors and events to “illuminate” darkness through loving-kindness?  Try to incorporate these kavanot along with the traditional Chanukah blessing into your family’s candle lighting each … Continue reading Chanukah – The Festival of Light