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Hebrew Academy Student Earns 2nd Place In Scripps Spelling Bee

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Hebrew Academy student Jack Benveniste-Plitt wins 2nd place at the Scripps Spelling Bee.

Nerve-wracking, exciting, and really hard is the way that fifth grader Jack Benveniste-Plitt described his experience as the Hebrew Academy elementary school representative at the Miami Herald’s 72nd Annual Spelling Bee competition on March 6 at Jungle Island.

Jack’s hard work really paid off, as he placed 2nd out of 196 4th and 5th grade contestants from all over Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

Jack, who has represented the school two years in a row (by winning the class bees), attributes his success to being well prepared. “I studied a lot and then my dad tested me on the words and I figured out the words I had to focus on.”

Although he spent a lot of free time studying, Jack also balanced schoolwork, playing on the Little Warrior basketball team, and taking guitar lessons.

What’s next for Jack? “I’m going to Disney World to celebrate!” he exclaimed.

It’s My Opinion: Reflections On A New Year

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, can be a time of optimism. The observances of the holiday are actually quite therapeutic. Engaging in prayer, charity and repentance clears one’s head, and sets us in a position to anticipate a clean slate. We hope for Hashem’s blessings for a good year.

 

            This period, however, can also be a time of apprehension, as we contemplate the unknown. No one knows what the future will bring. Life can contain unexpected twists and turns. Some of them can be quite disturbing.

 

            We all know that bad things sometimes happen to good people and good things happen to the bad. However, who is to say which of us are good or bad or if working through some dire problem will ultimately be in an individual’s best interest.

 

            Recently, visitors at the beautiful Jungle Island in Miami paid for a lovely day at the lush tropical attraction. They strolled happily through the park’s beautiful gardens, enjoyed the wildlife exhibits and watched the shows.

 

            They were in for a surprise. A 500-pound Bengal Tiger jumped the previously impenetrable high wall of his cage. Frenzied visitors ran in horror. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and they recaptured the giant cat.

 

            Yes, life is fragile and unpredictable and sometimes scary. How ironic that some emerge from dangerous war zones unscathed and yet a simple day at Jungle Island could turn so precarious. Go figure. That uncertainty makes life all the more precious. Jews are taught, “Ivdu es Hashem b’simchah – Serve G-d with happiness.” That plan, in reality, is the best that we can do.

 

I want to take this opportunity to wish my readers shanah tovah, a happy, healthy, sweet new year filled with much simchah.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/its-my-opinion-reflections-on-a-new-year/2010/09/08/

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