"Kinus Sofrim Tarbeh Chochmah: The Jealousy of Scribes Increases Wisdom” The meaning of this famous Torah thought is simple, but teaches us an important lesson. The Torah is telling us that
when the purpose of a competition is to increase wisdom and goodness, then that
is a good thing. In keeping with the lesson of this teaching, DTA recently held two great contests.

The first was the Chanukah Display Contest. It is a known fact that children learn best
by doing and creating. In order to properly learn the story and lessons of Chanukah, each class in DTA was assigned a specific topic about Chanukah and asked to create a display depicting that topic. Topics were: Kindergarten, Chanukah Today; First Grade, Preparing Oil and Lighting the Menorah in the Bais HaMikdash; Second Grade, The Maccabees reclaiming the Bais HaMikdash, finding it a mess and finding oil for the menorah;  Third Grade, War Between the Greeks and the Jews; Fourth Grade, Matisyahu gathers his sons;  Fifth & Sixth Boys, Story of Modin;  Fifth & Sixth Girls, Children in cave playing
dreidel;  Seventh & Eighth Boys, Antiochus’s decrees No Shabbos, No Kosher, etc.;  Seventh & Eighth Girls, How Jews lived vs. Greek Life.

The students worked hard on their displays. The designs, especially in the older grades
were intricate and full of meaning. The judges had a hard time selecting a winner, but finally settled on the 7th/8th grade girl’s class and Kindergarten.  Congratulations to these classes.

The other contest was the Mentsch of the Month Contest. Mentsch is a hard word to translate because
it implies so much. To be a mentsch you must be kind, helpful, generous and so much more. Over the past month, the teachers really kept their eyes on each student. It was difficult to choose the winners, but finally two were chosen from each class. The winners were: Kindergarten, Gavriella Derai and Ari Shapiro; 1st, Jet Zohar and Emma Kellman;  2nd, Daniel Ragones and Jonah Arazi;  3rd, Arielle Cohen and Shaina Schanowitz;  4th Chana Schanowitz and Liat Aberman;  5th, Levi Harlig and Zach Rosenfeld;  6th, Mendy Yarmak and Rochy Segall;  7th, Tova Kligman and Michaela Gazala;  8th, Asher Dubowsky and Chaya Mushka Attal.

DTA congratulates the winners of both contests, but is also proud of all of the hard work of all of its students.

The mission of Desert Torah Academy is to provide the Jewish children of Southern Nevada with an outstanding Judaic/Hebrew and Secular education. DTA staff will promote students’ growth as active learners; respectful, responsible citizens; and independent thinkers. Through a stimulating and safe learning environment, our students will grow in appreciation of Jewish tradition and culture while being prepared for success in high school and life in the world community.