One of my favorite books is What’s Jewish About Butterflies? by Maxine Segal Handelman. At the NEMJDS, we do our best to integrate all our subjects to give our students a more holistic approach to learning.
So, what’s Jewish about a pomegranate?
Our students learned that the pomegranate is one of Israel’s seven special species, and that we eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah. Jewish tradition teaches that a pomegranate has about 613 seeds.
Our second graders decided to count the seeds. Students carefully removed the seeds from the fruit and divided the seeds into groups of 10. We counted 61 groups of 10 plus three seeds… 613 seeds… and then some more… It was hard work.
To eat a pomegranate, you can’t just take a bite. You have to extract the juice from the seeds. Perhaps we can approach the New Year in the same spirit…one day at a time. We have to make each day count…and fill it with mitzvot as numerous as the seeds in a pomegranate.:) Happy 5779!!!!