Piroska Hamos: Foundations of Halacha and Aggada

In this lesson about the "Foundations of Halacha and Aggada", Students will engage in a unit exploring various definitions of Jewish community. They will study both classical (Biblical and Rabbinic) texts and contemporary materials to consider ethical problems raised by living in community. These include ethical speech (leshon ha-ra and tochecha) and accepting differences.  Students expand their understanding of the Jewish community or communities in which they participate, and discuss what responsibilities membership in a community entails. This lesson allows students to compare and contrast their Jewish communities with less familiar ones.  They uncover several different ways of understanding what it means to participate in a Jewish community. 

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Piroska Hamos -- Life on the Danube

Piroska Hamos was born in Balassagyarmat, a small town in North-Eastern Hungary in 1912, to the family of Armin Schultz, a gentleman's tailor. Her mother Jozefin died very young. Piroska had one sister, Etel, born in 1912. When their father remarried, they moved to Budapest, where Piroska went to school. She started at a commercial high school but dropped out after two years when she married her second-cousin, Imre Hahn.

Imre, born in 1899 in Budapest, worked as a clerk at the Hungarian Royal River and Sea Shipping Stock Company. Imre had a row boat.

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