Wednesday, November 21, 2018
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
                              -Winston S. Churchill
GIVING IS IN THE AIR!  Tomorrow we celebrate the national holiday to give thanks! Last week we launched the annual fund’s GIVING TREE! This morning, in the spirit of THE GIVING TREE, K thru 5 gathered in the Beit Midrash to hear a wonderful tale from the Talmud, called Honi and the Carob Tree,on the importance of taking care of the world for future generations. The short tale –printed below– reminds us that what we give today helps to insure the well- being of and gratitude for tomorrow. 
Following the presentation, students met ARIETZ, the Adelson School lemon tree. Like in the story, they planted ARIETZ in the Remembrance Garden for all to see and watch grow as ARIETZ one day bears fruit for all to enjoy. 
Please ask your little ones to share the story and its meaning with friends and family gathered for the Thanksgiving meal. 
And please remember to give to the school’s own GIVING TREE in the same spirit as Honi’s lesson learned and the meaning of Thanksgiving. We are, as a community, thankful for all the school does to educate, inspire, nurture and protect our children. By giving to the annual fund, we insure the school’s continued well-being and growth for now and into the future.
Big thank yous are in order to Lower School Principal Lilach Bluevise and Lower School Hebrew and Judaics Coordinator Dina Ridaizky  for organizing and inspiring this morning’s program; to Adelson School parent Jesse Meir for bringing us the beautiful lemon tree and designing the marble plaque dedicating ARIETZ to the school’s Remembrance Garden; and to Palm Eastern and King David  Mortuary for their generosity in sponsoring both the tree and the plaque.
Honi the Wise One was also known as Honi the Circle Maker. By drawing a circle and stepping inside of it, he would recite special prayers for rain – and sometimes even argue with God during a drought -  and the rains would come. He was, indeed, a miracle maker.  As wise as he was though, Honi sometimes saw things that puzzled him, so he asked questions to unravel the mystery.
One day, Honi the Circle Maker was walking on the road and saw a man planting a carob tree. Honi asked the man, “How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit?”
The man replied, “Seventy years.”
Honi then asked the man, “And do you think you will live another seventy years to be able to eat the fruit of this tree?”
The man answered, “Perhaps not. However, when I was born into this world, I enjoyed the fruit of many carob trees that were planted by my father and grandfather. Just as they planted trees for me, I am planting trees for my children and grandchildren, so they will be able to eat, enjoy and benefit from the fruit of these trees.”