JFS School Notices 07/05/21
It has certainly been a whirlwind week and I want to thank all of the students, parents and staff for the support and encouragement that we received throughout. You will be aware that the school has had an Ofsted inspection this week and we are awaiting the report, which will be shared with parents once it has been published.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish good luck to all the students in Years 11 and 13 who will be taking their final assessments, starting from next week. We wish them much hazlacha, luck. I would also like to draw your attention to an important notice regarding ‘Edibles’, which I would urge you to read and to discuss with your child.
This week marks the final readings of the book of Vayikra. Tomorrow we will read the double Parashah of Behar-Bechukotai, and in Behar we repeatedly read of social legislation that is described in the language of family, “When you buy or sell to your neighbour, let no one wrong his brother. (Lev. 25:14) If your brother becomes impoverished and sells some of his property, his near redeemer is to come to you and redeem what his brother sold.” (25:25) These are just two examples.
Lord Sacks explained that, ‘Your brother’ in these verses is not meant literally. At times it means ‘your relative’, but mostly it means ‘your fellow Jew’. He explains that there is a distinctive way of thinking about society and our obligations to others. The Jewish people are not just citizens of the same nation or adherents of the same faith, we are members of the same extended family. We are, biologically or electively, children of Abraham and Sarah. For the most part, we share the same history. On the festivals we relive the same memories. We were forged from the same crucible of suffering. We are more than friends. We are mishpachah, family. We are privileged to be part of the JFS family and hope that we can continue to grow together and be a light unto the nations to make a positive impact on both our own and the wider community and society.
Next week is ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, and there are many ways that you can get involved. See the designated notice and connect to nature!
Rabbi Howard Cohen
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