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Wear Special Items to Help Create Holiness

February 23, 2024

This week’s Middat HaShavuah, taken from this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Tetzaveh, instructs us to wear special items to help create holiness. Parshah: תְּצַוֶּה  Key Verse:...
Alan's Dvar

Create Fair Rules

February 9, 2024

This week’s Middat HaShavuah, taken from this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Mishpatim, instructs us to create fair rules. Parshah: מִּשְׁפָּטִיםKey Verse: וְאֵלֶּה הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר תָּשִׂים לִפְנֵיהֶםשמות...
Alan's Dvar

Take Only What You Need

January 26, 2024

This week’s Middat HaShavuah, derived from the Torah portion Parshat Beshalach, emphasizes the principle of taking only what you need. Parshah: בְּשַׁלַּח Key Verse: לִקְטוּ מִמֶּנּוּ,...
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Don't Harden Your Heart

January 12, 2024

Next week, we will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as our school’s namesake, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, by commemorating Pluralism...
Alan's Dvar

Admit When You’ve Done Something to Hurt Someone

December 15, 2023

This week’s Middat HaShavuah is taken from our Torah portion, Parshat Miketz. The Middah is:  Key Verse: אֲשֵׁמִים אֲנַחְנוּ עַל-אָחִינוּ  בראשית מב:כא Middah: Admit when you’ve...
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Resolve Conflicts

December 1, 2023

This week’s Middat HaShavuah is taken from our Torah portion, Parshat Vayishlach. The Middah is:  Key Verse: וָאֶשְׁלְחָה לְהַגִּיד לַאדֹנִי, לִמְצֹא-חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ.   בראשית לב:ו   Middah: Resolve...
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Think Before You Act

November 17, 2023

This week’s Middat HaShavuah is taken from our Torah portion, Parshat Toldot.The Middah is:  וַיֹּאכַל וַיֵּשְׁתְּ, וַיָּקָם וַיֵּלַךְ; וַיִּבֶז עֵשָׂו, אֶת-הַבְּכֹרָה  (בראשית כה:כג)  Middah: Take time...
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D’var Torah - Give Signs that Show Respect

October 28, 2022

The Middat HaShavuah is taken from our Torah portion, Parshat Noach. The Middah is:  זֹ֤את אֽוֹת־הַבְּרִית֙ “Give signs that show respect” The Torah is replete with...
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Reflections on Tishrei

October 25, 2022

The month of Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish year, was a busy one at The Toronto Heschel School. This was a month of celebration...