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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Rabbis, Politics and Raggedy Ann

Last week A was playing preschool with her stuffed animals and teaching them about Rav Tzvi Yehudah HaCohen Cook (famous historic Israeli Rabbinic figure) and Yerushalayim ir haKodesh (Jerusalem our holy city).  I can't say that Panda bear or Raggedy Ann have a particularly historically accurate view of things but the cuteness factor was 10 plus.  Tomorrow her preschool is going to Jerusalem to visit the Knesset (the Parliament).  When I asked her what they were going to do there she said "kiss the Torah."  This is because a synagogue in Hebrew is a Bet Knesset so she clearly thinks they are taking a field trip to a synagogue.  The name of  course is no accident as the current Knesset (assembly) is so called after the first Knesset--Men of the Great Assembly--that convened in Jerusalem many many years ago (5th century BCE).  I am much more excited about this trip than she is because it is so wonderful to think of her first field trip being to Jerusalem.  I won't take it for granted.

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