Parents and students at Tashbar Sephardic Yeshiva Ketana were treated to a memorable Shemitah Fair hosted by the third grade and their beloved Morah, Mrs. Myriam Israily. The girls shared their presentations on many advanced mitzvot and halachot of Shemitah and the year afterwards and wrote letters to the Israeli farmers who are true Giborei Koach, people of great strength of faith, who have chosen to keep this mitzvah with great sacrifice.
“The girl’s enthusiasm for this mitzvah and their individual projects really carried the entire event. Inspiring the next generation with a passion and love for Torah, mitzvot and kedushat haaretz is so integral to our mission here at Tashbar”, said Rabbi Moshe Abady, Tashbar’s new Principal.
Mrs. Myriam Israily, the girls’ Morah commented, “As a teacher, I always try to find creative ways to engage my students and I thought a Shemita Fair would be a wonderful way for the class to demonstrate their creativity and self-expression, as well as share the breadth of their knowledge as they have learned so much about Shemitah. The girls were asked to choose a topic of their choice, prepare a display board and a diorama as well.”
Among the many Shemitah concepts the girls focused on was Kedushat HaAretz – the unique spiritual quality of Eretz Yisrael, Menuchat HaAretz, the various halachot of Shemitah, Kedushat Sheviit – the special kedusha of fruit grown during Shemitah, Keren HaSheviit – the great mitzvah of supporting shemitah farmers, and gaining an appreciation for the Giborei Koach – the strength of their Emunah to be able to resist the temptation of earning more money.
Concluding on an uplifting note, they learned the chazal in Masechet Sanhedrin that Mashiach will arrive in the year after Shemitah! Israily was delighted with the girls’ creativity and knowledge, “Baruch Hashem the fair was a big success! The girls did a terrific job and I am so proud of them. Still, the best part was seeing their smiling faces and hearing their sense of accomplishment! Chazak u’ Baruch!