To the delight of their families and teachers, our 4th graders took part in a time-honored tradition this week as they read from the Torah for the first time. This ritual practice central to the Jewish people was introduced by Ezra the Scribe in Jerusalem over 2,500 years ago. The basic pattern of Torah reading has remained essentially the same ever since.
Having learned the system of cantillation, the students expertly read from the Torah at our morning tefila (prayer service). As a gift from the Kriger Book Fund, each child received a Tikkun - a book used to prepare for chanting Torah. This wonderful book will be put to immediate use as the 4th graders assume the responsibility from our 5th graders, and continue on as our Torah readers for the balance of the school year. It is both the passing of a baton and the planting of a seed that we will continue to nurture!