AKRON — During a High Holidays discussion about repentance in Sarah Greenblatt’s Jewish values class, not all the students are listening. One girl stares out the window at the azure sky. Another sits in the back doodling.
But a boy in the front row wearing a creased black skullcap sits transfixed, notebook open, pencil poised.
Why is reflection and repentance so important around Rosh Hashanah? Greenblatt asks. The boy’s hand shoots up.
“The Torah, and also the Bible, tells us how to live right, how to get right and how to stay right,” he says.