‘A Taste of Jewish Faith’ – Year 8 Reflection Day

11 March 2016 | General Interest

On Thursday March 3, I had the pleasure of visiting the Jewish Museum with my Year 8 Green Religion class, accompanied by Ms Dagmang’s Year 8 Gold Religion class and Student Support Officer Ms Vanmeeteren.

I had never been to the Jewish museum before, so I was really looking forward to the trip. The first impression was that the Jewish story is such a “living” story, in the sense that even though major events happened so long ago, these events are re-told and reflected on so often that they are such an integral part of the modern day Jewish person’s daily life and readily transmitted down the generations.

As well as that, the style of food and its preparation for the various festivals was a real eye-opener for me. It was great to hear about how certain foods and drinks are prepared and that in itself was a tangible demonstration of a strong sense of community and identity.

Another aspect which I really enjoyed listening to was in regards to the Synagogue, in particular the reasons for the actual lay-out of the typical Synagogue, the significance of the Torah display, the Star of David, the seating arrangements for the men and women and children, and how the prayers are conducted.

All in all, a very worthwhile experience, not only as a new staff member at Thomas Carr College, but, I would imagine, for the students studying about the background to the times when Jesus himself lived.

Mr Ottavi, Year 8 Green RE Teacher

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