On March 11, 2021, The Toronto Heschel School hosted the Greater Toronto Jewish community for a fascinating discussion on Rabbi Sacks’s ideas about why Jewish learning is so relevant today.

Our distinguished panel, moderated by our very own Head of School, Dr. Greg Beiles, included Dr. Daniel Held, Executive Director, Julia and Henry Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Rabbi Dr. Benji Levy, Founding Partner, Israel Impact Partners; past CEO of Mosaic United, Rabbi Or N. Rose, Director, Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, Hebrew College, Massachusetts, Rabbi Yael Splansky, Senior Rabbi, Holy Blossom Temple, and Dr. Rachael Turkienicz, Founder and Director, Rachael’s Centre for Torah, Mussar & Ethics.

Think Magazine Coordinator and Heschel parent, Dvora Goodman, wrote a beautiful piece about the event for Niv Magazine that highlights the key messages that were discussed.

“To start off the discussion, Beiles began with a quote from Rabbi Sacks’s book Letter in a Scroll. The quote is about ancient Israelites being told, as they left Egypt, that their duty was to become a nation of educators, and how educating Jewish children will be an ongoing life practice. An example he discusses states that to instill the ritual of Passover for each successive generation you have to educate children on the history of the holiday.”

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