KIDDUSH HASHEM INITIATIVE
Mrs. Tzipporah Freedman, our lower division Assistant Principal, recently launched an amazingly creative curriculum on the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem. Every kodesh Friday the 5th Grade participates in a 30 minute class, taught by Mrs. Freedman. The class is based upon Artscroll's Publication on Kiddush Hashem, authored by her husband, Rabbi Shraga Freedman. This otherwise abstract mitzvah is concretized as the curriculum compares each Jew to the captain of a ship, with the rest of the world’s population as its passengers. As the role of the captain on any ship is to steer the boat carefully to its proper destination, so too the Jewish people are directing the world to the day when Moshiach will arrive, when everyone will recognize Hashem. Every opportunity that a Jew has to glorify Hashem's name is a fulfillment of the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem. Furthermore, just as the captain stands apart from the other passengers vis-à-vis his responsibilities and the way in which he acts and dresses, so too the Jews stand apart in this world. We're happy to be included among the middle schools using this curriculum. May this be another step in our being Mekadesh Shem Shamayim.