Summer Camp, Tumwater, Washington, 2002

Summer Camp, Tumwater, Washington, 2002

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It’s time for morning services at Camp Solomon Schechter, in Tumwater, Washington. As the Torah is raised, the kids point with their fiŒngers, symbolically kissing the Torah and lending their support to the Magbiah, who lifts up the scroll.

Founded Œfifty years ago, Camp Solomon Schechter in Tumwater, Washington, “provides Jewish youth, families, and adults from the U.S. and Canada with a Jewish, active, and fun camping and retreat experience year-round in the PacifiŒc Northwest.” In addition to hosting a summer camp for kids of all ages, the site is used by Jewish organizations throughout the year for retreats, meetings, and other community events.


Sample Texts:

רַבִּי יוֹסֵי אוֹמֵר,
כָּל הַמְכַבֵּד אֶת הַתּוֹרָה, גּוּפוֹ מְכוּבָּד עַל הַבְּרִיּוֹת;
וְכָל הַמְחַלֵּל אֶת הַתּוֹרָה, גּוּפוֹ מְחוּלָּל עַל הַבְּרִיּוֹת.

Rabbi Yose taught:
Whoever honors Torah will himself be honored by others;
Whoever dishonors Torah will himself be dishonored by others.
Pirkei Avot 4:8


יָשִׂים עַל לִיבּוֹ שֶׁיְּהֵא גוּפוֹ שָׁלֵם וְחָזָק, כְּדֵי שֶׁתִּהְיֶה נַפְשׁוֹ יְשָׁרָה לָדַעַת אֶת ה‘, שֶׁאִי אֶפְשָׁר שֶׁיָּבִין וְיִשְׂתַּכֵּל בְּחָכְמוֹת, וְהוּא רָעֵב וְחוֹלֶה אוֹ אֶחָד מֵאֲבָרָיו כּוֹאֵב.

A person should see to it that the body is kept healthy and strong in order that they may be upright to know G-d. For it is impossible to understand and comprehend wisdom when one is hungry and ailing or if one’s limbs ache.
– Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Deot, 3:3