RABBI RUBIN'S MESSAGE ABOUT SUMMER LEARNING
David Brooks, New York Times Columnist and social critic, wrote a commencement address in The Atlantic that was never delivered. He referenced The Theory of Maximum Taste. The theory, he explained, teaches us that “each person’s mind is defined by its upper limit—the best that it habitually consumes and is capable of consuming.” The more exposure we have to genius, the more we engage in study, develop our intellectual curiosity and delve into the abstract, the more we are able to grow our minds and develop our thinking.
People who live lives that have truncated horizons and minimized aspirations will be intellectually stymied and cognitively stifled. Learning is a privilege that opens the door to greater opportunities and new pathways of reflection.
Because formal education includes evaluations and assessments, it can sometimes obscure the beauty and richness of learning. Summertime reading and Torah learning underscore the benefits of pursuing knowledge and the Theory of Maximum Taste.
Students, take advantage of the slow weeks of the summer; recreate, refresh, relax and rejuvenate but also spend time expanding your mind, challenge your assumptions and derive the pleasure of authentic exploration. Learning is ultimately your responsibility and privilege. We urge you to take advantage of every opportunity offered to you as a student at RKYHS.
I look forward to seeing you on August 31st, in good health.
As we wrap up the school year, we wanted to inform you of the Summer Reading assignments for students should complete this summer.
For summer reading, students should read TWO books. Students must choose one book from this list; the second book can be any selection of the student's choice. Students should complete this notes sheet based on the novel chosen from this list and bring it with them to school in September. Students will need to complete a writing assignment based on their novel choice in Language Arts class when school resumes.
Have a wonderful summer!
RKYHS Summer Materials
In this frustrating and dangerous time, we need to embrace the activities that bring us solace and a connection to the world we once knew. Social distancing has replaced intimacy with family and friends but nothing can alter the mental, social, and emotion connection to a book. The English department has partnered with the entire faculty, support staff, and administrative personnel to share a personal connection with the books we are reading over the summer months.
This year all students in grades nine through twelve will select your top three choices for your summer reading assignment. This link to a list of novels with short summaries or a visual trailer to get a glimpse of the novel. In September, students will join the teacher who recommended the novel and participate in a book discussion. English teachers will continue the discussion in class, and students will respond to a reflection question about the novel in class.
You must submit your novel choices by June 30th. Soon after, an email will be sent pairing you to ONE novel for you to read. The English department wants to reiterate that “reading is relaxing for mind and body” and sharing literature with one another is stimulating as well. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Bohs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great summer!
We are so proud of the many ways that you have learned and grown this year, especially in light of the difficult circumstances. The summer’s more relaxed framework provides a great opportunity to spend time learning areas of Torah at your own pace and setting. We are very happy to help guide you in setting up a Talmud Torah program for yourself over the summer.
Here are a few suggestions that might be helpful:
Kushner Summer Institute
As part of the KSI program, many of the topics being offered will include opportunities to learn Torah in meaningful ways, both from unique perspectives such as the Torah’s connection to Literature and Science, as well as more traditional topics such as Parshat Hashavua. Please sign up and join us for these exciting opportunities.
Learning on your own
“Bedside Table” Books - The “Bedside Table” program includes a number of books about Torah themes led by members of the Judaic Studies faculty. Please feel free to join one of these groups and enjoy an enriching Torah learning experience.
Mishna Masechet Sanhedrin - Next year’s Talmud classes will focus on the eighth perek of masechet Sanhedrin Iy”H. It would certainly be helpful to get a head start by learning the mishnayot if all of Masechet Sanhedrin and the eighth perek in particular.
The second half of sefer Beresihit - This coming year Tanach classes will focus on learning the stories of Yitzchak and Rivkah, Yaakov, Rachel and Leah, and their families, and Yosef, beginning with parshat Toldot, so you may choose to review these stories inside and think about the issues and lessons that arise in these perakim.
Setting up a chevruta with a friend or family member is a great way to set a time and structure for your learning. Many people find it to be much more enjoyable to learn with a friend rather than by themselves. You can simply choose something that you and a friend would like to learn, set up a time and place, and you are ready to go. Again, we are happy to help guide the process however we can.
Wishing you a healthy, meaningful, and rejuvenating summer,
RKYHS Judaic Studies Faculty
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