Mrs. Katz had her arms full as she walked into class four. She was about to teach her girls about the week's Torah portion, and she had many hands-on materials that she would use during her lesson.

The first thing Mrs. Katz did when she walked in was write "BECHUKOTAI" across the white board. She then underlined the word and turned to the girls. "I have written down the name of the Torah portions. Who can tell me what the word I have underlined means?"

Sandy, who had spent time in Israel, raised her hand. "Chakuk means engraved—does it share the same root as Bechukotai?"

"Excellent! And chukim also means laws. G‑d is telling us that we must follow His laws in a manner that it should be engraved within us. Can anyone tell us what that means?"

Twenty girls looked at Mrs. Katz blankly.

With a smile, the teacher took out some engraving tools, a flat sandstone, as well as a feather quill, ink, and a piece of parchment.

"Can I have two volunteers please?"

Debby and Naomi were chosen. Debby was told to carefully try to engrave her name on the stone. Mrs. Katz had brought with a special vice which she fixed to the table, to hold the stone firmly. There was a narrow chisel and a little hammer. First Debby marked her name on the stone in chalk. Then she tried to bang the chisel so as to chip away where she had written, and engrave her name in the soft sandstone.

Naomi was instructed to try and write her name with the feather quill and ink on the parchment, which was pinned down to a drawing board.

Giggling, the whole class watched as the two girls clumsily did what they were instructed.

After five minutes, something had been achieved. Mrs. Katz held up the stone and the piece of paper. Debby's name could clearly be read on the stone, although some letters were rather jagged. Naomi's name could be read on the parchment, rather unevenly. There were a few extra blotches, but she scraped them off with a knife which Mrs. Katz gave her.

"Girls, who can tell me what the difference is between these two?"

Shany raised her hand. "Now that Debby has chiseled her name into the stone, it is really part of it! However, the ink can get scraped off the parchment. We saw that it was easy for Naomi to scrap off the blotches."

"Super!" Mrs. Katz was pleased. "Girls, can you see what G‑d is telling us? We have to follow His laws, His mitzvot and Torah in such a way that they are engraved within us, in our hearts. So that they are part of us. We must try our hardest to make sure that Torah teachings are so much a part of who we are, that they can never leave us."

Debby smiled happily. She had never engraved anything before. But, under the careful supervision of Mrs. Katz, she had not cut herself. And her name was forever in the stone. Like Torah and mitzvot, engraved in the heart of the Jew.