The month of May offers us an amazing opportunity to consider the Jewish calendar months of Nisan, Iyar and Sivan. We finished celebrating Pesach and started counting the Omer. Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaAtzmaut follow close after. And now, we make our way to Lag B’Omer, Yom Yerushalayim, Rosh Hodesh Sivan, and the commemoration of the giving of the Torah and commandments (Exodus 19:1 - 20:23) to the Jewish people on Shavuot, the 6th day of Sivan.
The progression of this season of commemorations and celebrations mirrors that of Jewish biblical history. The Israelite community travels from slavery to freedom and our own Jewish calendar allows us to take this same journey. We think of how blessed we are to be a free people and consider those among us who are not. We appreciate the goodness in the world while still remembering that it is not yet a perfect place.
The unique journey of the Israelite people from Egypt to Mount Sinai is one to which our Melton community of learners can relate. Our learners get a glimpse into their Jewish past and consider how the decisions made throughout our history have brought the Jewish community to where it is today. The Melton curricula allow our students to embark upon their own journey whether it is of a personal, family, or even broader nature.
At our Pesach seders, we read that, “In every generation a person is obligated to see himself/herself as if he/she came out of Egypt.” (Pesachim 116b). As teachers of the Melton curricula, we are privileged to bring the past alive for our students and help them see themselves within the chain of tradition as they consider the future of the Jewish world.
As we enter this incredible season, which marches us towards commemorating the receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, it is my honor to continue to encourage my students to remember the past, to see how it has given birth to the present, and to consider what the future might bring.
B’hatzlacha and Kol HaKavod.