Thursday, December 26, 2013

Fine Arts Friday: Lost and Found Edition

Warning: The following post may exceed the recommended daily allowance for maternal boasting. Proceed at your own risk.

A Shiputzim daughter recently had to do a project for her Mishnah class.

Yes, her Mishnah class.

Note that such a concept certainly didn’t exist in my out-of-town Bais Yaakov-wannabe school.

In fact, the word “Mishnah” never appeared anywhere near our course schedule.

I mean, sure, we did learn a bit of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers)here and there – albeit it mostly on a rather superficial level.

But it was clearly understood that this was the one exception to the hard-and-fast rule that girls. don’t. learn. Mishnah. Period.

After all, it could, um, lead to mixed dancing, which could lead to [gasp] something even worse: learning Gemara…

Winking smile

In contrast, the aforementioned Shiputzim daughter is currently studying Masechet Bava Metzia and chose to do her project on the second mishnah of the second perek, which discusses the mitzvah of hashavat aveidah (returning lost property) and includes a list of items that the finder must declare.

As always, please feel free to click on the pictures for a much better view:


Several close-ups of some of the details:


If the poster’s style looks vaguely familiar, it’s because it was produced in the same studio as last year’s Makat Dam project, which, coincidentally, is very appropriate for this week – i.e. Parshat VaEra.

!שבת שלום ומבורך


  1. Rah, rah - you have every right to boast. She worked hard on this poster. I'm sure with her smarts, she would (gasp) do quite fine at gemarrah as well. And maybe find some wonderful artistic way to represent her learning as well.

    1. Thanks, Leora! She really enjoyed doing this assignment.

  2. Lovely
    My daughters missed the chance to learn Mishne in school, being too old, but my granddaughters are doing well with it.

    1. Batya - Thank you! It's nice to hear that the school system has adapted and improved over the years.


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