The week’s parshah is parshat Shemini (eighth), which refers to the “eighth” day after the building of the Mishkan (God’s “dwelling”). On this day, the entire congregation of Israel gathered together to bring offerings and acknowledge God. Our first week back at school after our Pesach journey from slavery to freedom is the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of community. Our middah this week is: “Ask others to join you when you do important things.” This week, and in the coming days and weeks, we are commemorating many important Jewish events.
Each year, our Grade 8 students take on the significant responsibility of leading the school Yom Hashoah Commemorative Service. Parents, grandparents, and members of the Heschel community are invited to join in this powerful service. For the past two years, the students have created a virtual commemoration. If you were unable to join yesterday, you can still witness this important and powerful service, here.
Joining together with others to remember is an eternal Jewish practice. Building collective memories—whether as families, a school, or a community—is what binds us as a people. Please join us in remembering.