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January 21, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parshah​​—Parshat Yitro—is named after Moshe’s father-in-law, Yitro, the priest of Midian. In it, Yitro says to Moshe: “Listen to my voice and I will advise you.” Yitro advises Moshe to delegate adjudication of grievances so that he does not exhaust himself trying to resolve every case. From this passage, we learn our middat …

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January 14, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

On Sunday evening, ט”ו בשבת (the 15th of Shevat) in the Jewish calendar, we will celebrate the festival of Tu Bisvhat: The New Year of the Trees! As a gift to the trees, this week’s parshah includes an important teaching about caring for the environment.  Parshat Beshalach recounts the departure of Bnai Israel from Mitzrayim. …

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January 07, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

This week we find ourselves in the midst of Parshat Bo, and therefore in the midst of עשר-המכות (eser hamakot), the ten plagues God brought upon Egypt. Parshat Bo recounts the last three of the plagues, the second last of which is חשך (choshekh) — darkness. The choshekh that God brought upon Mitzrayim wasn’t regular …

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December 17, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

As the fall term comes to an end, it is fitting that we read the final parshah of Sefer Bereishit (Genesis). Much of parshat Vayechi consists of blessings that Ya’akov offers to each of his children prior to his death. Ya’akov offers these blessings in Egypt, where the family now resides and where Yosef has …

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December 10, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parshah is Vayigash—from the verb meaning to “approach” or “come forward.” It describes the emotional reunion of Yosef and his brothers. In earlier parshayot, we learned about their complex relationship, involving enmity, jealousy, anger, and humiliation, as well as a strong family bond. Yosef’s arrogance and insensitivity provoked enmity in his brothers, who responded …

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December 03, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Today, we celebrated The Toronto Heschel School’s Chanukkah Festival of the Arts.    Chanukkah means “re-dedication”—After years of tirelessly battling the armies of Melekh Antiochus, the Maccabees re-dedicated the Temple to God. When they re-entered the Temple—Beit Hamikdash—they found it in shambles. There was barely enough oil to light the Temple Menorah for even one night. …

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November 26, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

In this week’s parshat—Parshat Veyeishev—we learn the important middah: “Remember those who have helped you.” So often in our lives, it is easy to think that we have achieved our accomplishments all on our own, forgetting those who have helped us along the way. This is what happened to Pharaoh’s cup-bearer—one of Yosef’s cell mates …

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November 18, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parashah Vayishlach is about “optics”—about how we see. At first glance, it describes Ya’akov’s reconciliation with his brother Esav. This parshah teaches us how a change in optics—from being seen to seeing—is key to Ya’akov’s maturation as a leader.   After twenty-one years, Ya’akov prepares to encounter his brother and has in mind their …

November 12, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we read Parshat Vayetzei and learn the middah: “Work hard for what you believe in.” Click here or on the image to watch this week’s video devar by Moreh Greg, Gidi, and Liran.

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