B"H This Sunday, January 19, marks the 3rd yahrtzeit of Thalia Hakin, the ten-year-old Australian who was tragically killed when a motorist stormed Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall on a Friday afternoon, Tevet 22, 5777 (January 20, 2017). Thalia was a student at Beth Rivkah Ladies College (BRLC) and is lovingly remembered by many for her smile, warm nature and enthusiasm for Jewish life. In 2015, JGU globally launched Project "One More Light", encouraging girls to express what Shabbos candle-lighting means to them through an essay-competition, and compiling selected entries into a new book of the same title (the third of its kind). The following is Thalia's submission, which initially
We light the candles with a special prayer, This happens everywhere. Do not blow them out, Or your mother will shout. We do not play with muktzeh toys, Because they make a big loud noise. Averos and mitzvot are two different things; When you do a mitzvah, You grow two wings. With your wings, You will fly in the air, And stop the evil that's going on down there. You’ll get higher and higher, You will soon hear a choir. There are angels singing to you, Telling you you're a very good Jew. So come on now, And take a bow. Do this yourself, Because you now know how.
SUNDAY: Back and forth, prepare for the coming week. Ballet practice and music lessons. No time to take a breath. Rush, rush, rush. MONDAY: Hurry, hurry off to school, don't want to be late. Homework to be done. No time to rest. Rush, rush, rush. TUESDAY: Study for your test and finish all your work. Cramming hard late into the night. No time to break. Rush, rush, rush. WEDNESDAY: Take a test and hurry after school to music lessons. Text all of your friends and wait for a response. No time to relax. Rush, rush, rush. THURSDAY: Finish up a project, and go out to shop for Shabbos. Chores
B"H The Kohein Gadol (High Priest) made a curious request of G-d on Yom Kippur... and we, too, recite a puzzling prayer, called "Kol Nidrei." Indeed, there's a connection between the two. Yom Kippur empowers us to break free of even the most formidable chains that hold us back from actualizing our deepest potential to do good in this world. We are each responsible for an inner child we are carrying... and it's up to us to choose life for it! It's a new year, and time to welcome your new light into the world! Inspired by a pre-Yom Kippur Jewish Girls Unite leadership workshop for girls, and also
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