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Review with Veterans

veterans day flag
Today is Veteran’s Day here in the United States, where we honor those who served in the military. In our little borough of Highland Park, New Jersey there is an annual parade down Raritan Avenue. Before the parade we (eighth grade boys of RPRY, two teachers and some parents) met with the Jewish War Veterans. The veterans told us some tales of their experiences in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. One veteran, a ninety year old man, invited us to join them at a special service tomorrow at 10:30 am at the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home (I kept thinking, but all these boys have school tomorrow…). This veteran led the group in saying the Mourner’s Kaddish. I hope to post photos next week.

Momma pride time: Both my boys won their Torah Bowl tournaments. Scores were RPRY 4-0 (middle school) and TABC 5-0 (high school). That means that their teams beat all the other schools. Oh, and I heard from a few birdies that my middle son answered a ton of questions. So proud of them!

Elsewhere in the Blogosphere

  • Jewwishes posted commemorative posts for Kristallnacht and for Veteran’s Day.
  • Elinka posted the artwork of Jack Levine, who died this past week. We had prints of his paintings in our hallway when I was a child. Was Hezekiah one of them? His painting of Maimonides also looks familiar.
  • Shimshonit interviewed: her mother.
  • Mimi visited a bee apiary.
Ilana-Davita says

You have been very busy this week. Unfortunately I have not had the time to post much since I was away twice in four days!
It was a great idea to get the 8th grade students to meet the Jewish veterans and so I am looking forward to reading your post.
Shabbat Shalom!

Leora says

Yes, one of the teachers from the school gets the credit for setting up this meeting. It was moving - one of the parents started to cry while listening.

Mrs. S. says

Mazal tov to your sons and to their respective schools, and may you continue to have much nachat from your entire family!

Shavua tov!