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This is our last session on Judaism. At the beginning of the term, you made a flag with your goals for Year 2 on one side. On the other side of the flag, I'd like you to think about and draw the steps that you can take to achieve your goals. 


You might like to think about being confident, positive and persevering to achieve your goals. 


Jews believe they can change and make themselves better people, one step at a time, if they stick at it with God’s help.


There is a popular Jewish story about a Rabbi and a shoemaker.


One night, Rabbi Yisrael Salanter walked past the shoemaker’s home. Despite it being very late, he noticed that the shoemaker was still busy, working by the light of a candle.

“Why are you still working?” Rabbi Salanter asked him. “It is very late and soon the candle will go out.”

The shoemaker replied “As long as the candle is still burning, it is still possible to accomplish and to mend shoes.”

Rabbi Salanter notes the wisdom of this encounter: As long as our candles are still burning, we can still accomplish much and mend our mistakes (and our world).