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My Students Surprised Me

By Batya Medad
9/12/2008, 12:00 AM

Teachers, and people in general, take too much for granted.  We presume...

I remember getting very angry with an 11th grade class which wouldn't write the compositions the books made me expect them to.  Later I discovered that they didn't know how to write proper compositions in Hebrew, so writing them in English would be doubly problematic.
But the truth is I'm glad that a generation is growing up more connected to Judaism.

Another thing I took for granted is that they know the months of the year.  Yes, they do, but the calendar they live by is in Hebrew, the Jewish Calendar.

In Israel, checks are legal tender if the dates are Jewish, rather than goyish.  My students weren't chareidi, who reject many non-Jewish things.  But my students live in a Jewish world, and that may have been frustrating when they had no idea that May comes after March.

But the truth is I'm glad that a generation is growing up more connected to Judaism.

Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach-- Have a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat