June 8

Mon Resume pour La Belle et La Bete

Un riche marchand perd ses richesses et part vivre à la campagne avec ses enfants. Un jour, en rentrant de la ville, il se perd. Il decouvrir un château et s’y rend pour y passer la nuit. Il ne rencontre personne… Le lendemain matin, il voit une rose et se rappelle que la Belle en voulait une. Il la cueille mais une Bête horrible apparaît et le condamné à mort. Cependant, il peut être remplacé par une de ses filles. La Belle décide, de son plein gré, de prendre la place de son père et elle va au château. Elle rencontre l’affreuse Bête et en est effrayée. La Bête tombe sous le charme de la Belle et lui offre tout ce qu’elle désire, sauf la liberté et, chaque jour, lui demande de l’épouser mais la jeune fille refuse toujours. Un soir, elle voit dans un miroir magique son père malade. La Bête l’autorise à lui rendre visite et lui donne une bague “enchantée” pour lui permettre de voyager. Elle reste dix jours près du vieux marchand au lieu des huit prévus à cause de ses sœurs qui l’empêchent de repartir et cette absence cause un grand chagrin à la Bête, qui se prépare à mourir quand la Belle revient enfin au château. Elle accepte la demande en mariage et l’horrible Bête redevient enfin le beau prince qu’il était. Ils ont vécu heureux et eurent beaucoup d’enfants tandis que le père de la Belle fut guéri.

 

May 18

Perkei Avot Playlist

For Jewish Studies class, we were told to pick 5 verses from perkei avot and relate them to songs.

Verse 1: “Be careful with the government, for they befriend a person only for their own needs. They appear to be friends when it is beneficial to them, but they do not stand by a person at the time of his distress” (Avot 2:3).

  1. Bye Bye Boris: I really wouldn’t wanna be anyone in real need

With you in charge unless of course you’ve got loads of

Money Money Money Money

 

“Be careful with the government, for they befriend a person only for their own needs. They appear to be friends when it is beneficial to them, but they do not stand by a person at the time of his distress.” (Avot 2:3) This verse means that the government is very picky about when to show friendship. I think that this verse is truthful in many ways. In the song that I picked, Bye Bye Boris by Humphrey Milles, it is stated that “I really wouldn’t wanna be anyone in real need with you in charge unless of course you’ve got loads of Money” (Milles). The song is about how bad Boris Johnson is, but it has the same message as the sages back then. I think that says a lot about how much the government has changed over time. It hasn’t changed that much if a song now and a sage then had the same ideas. 

 

 

Verse 2:  “Which is the right path for man to choose for himself? Whatever is harmonious for the one who does it, and harmonious for mankind.”

  1. Midnight Train To Georgia: So he hung all his hopes

And he even sold his own car, hmm

Bought a one way ticket back

To the life that he once knew

 

 “Which is the right path for man to choose for himself? Whatever is harmonious for the one who does it, and harmonious for mankind.” (Avot 2:1)

I think that this passage means that you might have to give up your own hopes and dreams for the sake of others. The song represents this perfectly, saying “So he hung all his hopes And he even sold his own car, hmm Bought a one-way ticket back To the life that he once knew” (Gladys Knight & the Pips.) Given the context of the song, it means that he was forced to give something important to him up for someone else. This is a very good characteristic to embody, but it can also hinder you. You need to set boundaries. Although it is nice to do something for someone else, giving up your hopes and dreams to do so isn’t a good thing. You will be bitter for the rest of your life. 

 

Verse 3: “He also saw a skull floating upon the water. Said he to it: Because you drowned others, you were drowned; and those who drowned you, will themselves be drowned.”

  1. Little Lion Man:  But it was not your fault but mine, and it was your heart on the line. I really f*cked it up this time, Didn’t I, my dear?

 

 

 

He also saw a skull floating upon the water. Said he to it: Because you drowned others, you were drowned; and those who drowned you, will themselves be drowned.” (Avot 2:6)

 

 

I chose the song “Little Lion Man” by Mumford and Sons because it’s about the underlying guilt. This verse is talking about karma, but I have different views. It’s talking about the circle of life: eat and then be eaten. But the cycle has to start somewhere. Somewhere out the was an innocent person who got eaten or drowned in this instance. That’s where my song comes in. “But it was not your fault but mine, and it was your heart on the line. I really f*cked it up this time, Didn’t I, my dear?” (Mumford and Sons). The song talks about the first victim. It was not your fault but mine, and it was your heart on the line. This means that although he started the cycle, he feels bad about it. It means that although he killed, he felt guilt. 

 

Verse 4: “The day is short, the work is much, the workers are lazy, the reward is great, and the Master is pressing.”

  1. A Hard Day’s Night: It’s been a hard day’s night. And I’ve been workin’ like a dog

 

 

The day is short, the work is much, the workers are lazy, the reward is great, and the Master is pressing.” (Avot 2:15)

 

This verse embodies much of what people today believe and live through. The day is short, the work is much, the workers are lazy, the reward is great, and the Master is pressing.” (Avot 2:15).  I go to OJCS, which means that I also feel these things. The song that I chose for this verse is essentially saying the exact same thing. It’s been a hard day’s night. And I’ve been workin’ like a dog. It’s been a hard day’s night, I should be sleeping like a log.” (The Beatles). This again reflects on the harsh working conditions of many workers, but most importantly minimum wage workers. When you are working in a job like a restaurant or a fast-food chain, you have to be working all day every day. It’s things like this that make me reflect on my own lifestyle. I hope that you do the same. 

 

Verse 5: “The wicked man borrows and does not repay; but the righteous one is benevolent and gives.”

  1. I Won’t Let Go: I will stand by you. I will help you through. When you’ve done all you can do. If you can’t cope. I will dry your eyes. I will fight your fight. I will hold you tight. And I won’t let go

 

 

“The wicked man borrows and does not repay; but the righteous one is benevolent and gives.” (Avot 2:10)

 

This verse is a very important one, and although there is a clear message here, I’m choosing to ignore it in favour of another one. The clear message is that the wicked man takes and does not give, and the righteous one gives and does not take. I’m choosing to ignore the wicked man completely and focus on the good man. Giving does not mean in the literal sense of giving and taking. I’m interpreting it as giving emotionally and physically. “I will stand by you. I will help you through. When you’ve done all you can do. If you can’t cope. I will dry your eyes. I will fight your fight. I will hold you tight. And I won’t let go” (Rascal Flats). This corresponds to the quote because he is giving not a physical thing, but he is giving his friendship and himself to his friend. 

April 26

STEAM Fair Reflection

When Joey and I started this project, we were very excited about it. Although we didn’t get the results that we wanted, I think that it was an important project to do. We learnt a lot and I’m very happy that we did this project. When we started, I knew virtually nothing about flowers due to my mother’s hatred of them. We did SO much research and it was thanks to the sources we found that we did so well. The research took up so much time that we weren’t sure that we could make the slides “pretty”. Thankfully we put in a lot of work to make it look nice and sound good. I think that we did well, even with me being gone for a lot of the project. 

I couldn’t have done any of this without Joey, my partner. Go check out her blog!

January 26

My Learning Style

In Advisory, our unit is on test-taking. To take a test, first you need to study. We took a test on what type of learners we are, and I discovered that I am almost a perfect mix of the three. I got a 7 on visual, 8 on auditory, and 5 on tactile. Looking over the results, I am content with what I got because I can see myself in all of the categories.  I am a visual learner because I prefer to read instructions rather than hear them, and I need my workspace to be organized. I am an auditory leader because sometimes I act like I’m not listening, but I don’t need to look at the teacher to pay attention. I also would rather dictate to someone while they write down my thoughts, and listening to music while studying helps me. I am a tactile learner because I like to take breaks to go on walks, I can’t stop moving, and I need to play with a fidget in class and while studying to help me. I think I need to move my study space to a place where I can focus in peace, without other people interrupting and passing by me.

January 19

Short Story

יום אחד ילד קטן מצא גור לבד בגשם. הקנייה החזירה את הכלב לביתו ושאל את אביו אם הם יכולים להחזיק אותו. האבא אמר כן וגם הילד וגם הגור היו מאוד מאושרים וחיו באושר ועושר עד עצם היום הזה.

December 2

Paragraph of the Week pt6

With winter just around the corner, does it bring you a sense of excitement with the break approaching or a sense of dread with colder weather? What do you most look forward to in winter or what do you wish you could most avoid? Why? Explain in detail. 

 

With winter approaching, I’m most excited about the break. My parents are awesome and surprised my siblings and I with a trip to Hawaii. Turns out that they have been planning this trip for 6 months and we knew nothing about it. Actually, my sister was getting mad at my parents for not going anywhere because she is an entitled spoiled brat. I love the winter, but I also love to go on walks while listening to my music. I’ll miss that. I wish I could avoid the freezing cold, but still have the snow. The absolute worst thing about the winter is when you get snow down the back of your jacket. I love winter, but HATE that

November 4

Paragraph of the Week pt4

How do you keep yourself in high spirits in the midst of difficult times? Is there a particular person you talk to for inspiration? A song that motivates you? A walk in nature? What about this particular person or activity helps lift your spirits?

 

When I’m sad I usually listen to uplifting music and read a book. Don’t forget about the ice cream, either. Music is probably the thing that helps the most, though. I have a playlist on Spotify called Feel Good, and that is my go-to playlist. It’s mostly filled with sad lyrics with an uplifting beat. I also read because it takes me out of reality for a while. But that’s not a long-term fix. I’ll read for a while, and then when I’m done everything will come rushing back, and I’ll start crying again. Also ice cream. Just because.

October 28

Paragraph of the Week pt3

A lot of things make me happy. One, in particular, is reading. I love to read because it lets me lose myself in a world of my choosing. I get to be whatever I choose: a wizard, a sorcerer, an elf, an alien, I can be anything! I started reading from an early age, and I have been a dedicated bookworm ever since. The first book that I was greatly inspired by was Harry Potter. I was six when I read it, and I have read it almost 20 times since. That book has brought me closer to my siblings, for example, when my parents are out we watch the movies. Personally, I read mostly fantasy or fiction, and that might be why I love it so much. Another pro is that I can use my expanded vocabulary to make other people feel dumb! On a more serious note, one of the books that have changed my life is Spark by  Sarah Beth Durst. As you might have gotten from the “reading makes me so happy”, I’m a pretty quiet person. Spark has shown me that being quiet doesn’t mean you can’t be heard. You don’t have to be loud to make a difference.