Drawing on the words of Rabbi Heschel, students learn that doing “mitzvot” begins with small acts of kindness to each other, with mutual concern and consideration. There is a “Toronto Heschel” way of acting and behaving in the School that begins with administration and staff and is emulated by students and their parents. To describe this behaviour, the School uses the Hebrew term “Derekh Eretz.”
Derekh Eretz Code of Conduct
At The Toronto Heschel School, we aspire to create a positive and safe school climate for all students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members. We strive to balance the best interests of the individual with those of the class and school as a whole. Students, teachers, parents, and community members are expected to perform mitzvot, to respect themselves and each other. We are guided by Hillel’s simple admonition: Do not treat others in a way you would not want to be treated. There is no message more clearly received than the one we send through our daily conduct.
The practice of Derekh Eretz, which means “The Conduct of the Land,” guides our expectations and practices for how students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members treat one another. As members of The Toronto Heschel School community, we hold ourselves to the standards of Derekh Eretz when we are in school, off school property, on-line, during and out of school hours. Together, we foster a safe, nurturing, and inclusive community.
Parents, faculty, staff, and students are all asked to read, affirm, and adhere to the Derekh Eretz Code of Conduct.
דֶּרֶךְ אֶרֶץ קָדְמָה לַתּוֹרָה “Derekh Eretz is a prerequisite for learning”
At Heschel, we each commit to…
You shall carefully protect your life Devarim 4:15
Care for each other’s physical, emotional safety and well-being
ונִשְׁמַרְתֶּם מְאֹד לְנַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם דברים ד:טו
Each person is created in the Divine Image, yet each of us is unique Talmud, Sanhedrin 38a
Respect each other’s dignity, individuality, and identity