During this month of Elul the 7th and 8th graders worked on some rules of Teshuvah (repentance) written by the Rambam (Maimonides). First, in art they spent a significant amount of time looking at their reflections in a mirror to see who they are now. They then drew self-portraits. Next, they learned the rules of repentance according to the Rambam from the Mishneh Torah. They read directly from the Hebrew text, so that they wouldn’t have to rely on a translation. Lastly, they wrote
themselves letters about how they would like to change in the new year, 5775 that I will send them sometime about half way through the year, as a way of gauging their progress. This unit required a lot of self reflection and analyzing hard texts, but it is so rare that we get this time to reflect upon ourselves and our relationships, that it was quite inspirational.