Two weeks ago we had our Preschool open in person.  This last week we had our K through 4th grade attend classes on campus with the exception of those students who are learning online.  We also had “tourentations” for our Middle School students.  This coming week, we hope to welcome our entire Preschool through 8th grade classes back to the AHA campus after over six months of being unable to do so due to forces beyond our control.  We will accommodate those who need an online learning environment to begin the year as well. 

This past week, our 2nd grade teacher par excellence, Maddy Moffet, circulated a new version of the Frog and Toad series of children’s books that captures the essence of what many of us are currently feeling.  I highly recommend reading the story to appreciate it fully.  To read it, please click here

As we gingerly embark upon the full re-opening of our campus this coming Tuesday, we will all pause this weekend to reflect upon the best ways we can all move forward together.  Frog and Toad illustrate the challenge that lies before us.  While it is prudent to be cautious and safe, the approach they take during this time is striking a proper balance between caution and risk aversion on one hand and reclaiming some sense of normalcy into their daily lives on the other hand.

Under the circumstances, we should all remember Nordstrom’s return policy.  Nordstrom’s return policy is simply, “Use common sense”.   While this is easier said than done, it is a good goal for us all to have as we approach the High Holiday season. 

Ultimately, however, as we turn towards a more spiritual focus, during a time of real need for global healing, I would like to share with you a sign that was in front of a local house of worship that read, “Be patient, G-d is still in charge”.  I suppose the more things change, the more we need to rely on the things that never change as difficult as that can be at times. 

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy year ahead,
Rabbi Elisha Paul