On Wednesday, October 17, the eighth grade went on a trip to Staten Island’s Hebrew Free Burial Society, a cemetery which provides free funerals and burials for Jewish people with not enough money to pay for those things. During the trip, which was planned by Morah Aharoni, we cleaned the cemetery and performed a special Jewish mitzvah called Chesed Shel Emet. Chesed Shel Emet is when someone does an act of kindness without getting anything in return. Cleaning a cemetery is an example of this, as we picked up fallen leaves and branches as our act of helping the cemetery, and it was a great feeling to do such an amazing act of kindness. As one of the people who ran the cemetery said, “not everyone has the chance to do an act of kindness like this,” and this makes me feel very proud to be doing such a great mitzvah. I thank Morah Aharoni for arranging such a memorable and spiritual trip. It meant a lot for us.
- A.B. (8A)
On Wednesday, October 17th, Morah Aharoni took the eighth grade class to the Free Burial Society in Staten Island. We went there to help clean up the cemetery whether that meant raking leaves or picking up tree branches from the ground. What our grade did is called “Chesed Shel Emet”, or, deed/act of truth. This implies that we are doing this out of true kindness and not to get a reward or something back from it. My experience at the cemetery was very meaningful. It made me realize that not everyone who passes away has family or can afford a proper burial but, this cemetery this cemetery shows real kindness in wanting to help these people. While I was cleaning up the cemetery with my classmates, I knew that I was doing something great and I was proud of myself and everyone around me. I am also very glad our school took us on this trip because I learned a lot and got a lot out of this experience.