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This kosher symbol means so much more than just some random health approval; it is more than just a letter. This symbol means family, home, and passion. This one word or letter or picture connects me to a child in China who lights candles on Friday night, or to my homeland in Israel, or to my rich heritage and my leaders that have inspired me to be who I am today and who have inspired me to want to do better, and to want to do more. And this kosher label is showing the world that us Jews are here and proud and we will stand strong forever!

Hannah Kark of Denver, a ninth grade student at Yeshivat Sha’arei DAT High School, was named a Winner of the 2012 OU Kosher Essay Contest for grades 7-12.

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