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.