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June 24, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we read the well-known story of the twelve spies, which recounts how Moshe sent the spies to Canaan to survey its land before the people of Israel could enter. When the spies returned from Canaan, they affirmed that it was a wonderful land “flowing with milk and honey.” However, most of them despaired …

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June 17, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

What joy! What simchah! What nachas! Today, Grade 1 students created a spiritual משכן (mishkan)—a dwelling place for God. They contributed their voices, minds, and hearts to creating a beautiful Kabbalat Hasiddur service attended by family and friends. For the past few months, Grade 1 students have been learning about community, and about the two …

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June 10, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

As Head of School, I often receive suggestions for books to read about leadership. These books commend diverse styles of leadership: lead from the front, lead from behind; lead by role modelling, lead by innovation; lead by vision, lead by consensus. This week’s parshah—Parshat Naso—generates a teaching about leadership that I think is unique. It …

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June 03, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

It has become our tradition at Heschel to host Generations Day just prior to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is one of three ancient pilgrimage festivals, during which people travel from all parts of Eretz Israel to bring ביקורים offerings to the temple, comprising the best first-fruits of their crop. Today, we welcomed parents, …

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May 27, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

In this week’s parshah—Bechukotai—we learn of God’s promise to “offer peace in the land so you shall rest without fear.” From this, we derive the middah: “Feel peaceful and help others feel peaceful.” This is one of those middot that challenge us to create a feeling, both in ourselves and others.  Can we create a …

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May 20, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we read the parshah Behar. Our middah is: “Help others feel respected.” The middah is derived from a verse that states: “If your fellow person falters, or their strength is diminished with you, you must bolster this person—both stranger and resident—to live with you.” The verse teaches us more than the importance of …

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May 13, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

Parshat Emor recounts the cycle of biblical Jewish Holidays: Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Shemini Atzeret. Details about the timing of the chaggim teach us the middah: “Pay attention to special times.”  Noticing special moments and times is a key practice of Jewish consciousness. Our calendar—with its cycle of chaggim, rashei chodesh, …

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May 06, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parsha—Parshat Kedoshim—is all about uniqueness. And what a wonderfully unique two weeks we have had here at Heschel! The word Kadosh—often translated as “holy”—can be understood to mean “special” and “unique.” Created in God’s image, we become “unique” through our actions and our deeds. This week, we witnessed the uniqueness of our students, …

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April 29, 2022
Message from Moreh Greg

From this week’s parshah—Achrei Mot—we focus on the middah “Make good decisions as a community.” It derives from a verse that commands the people of Israel to reject violent laws and practices, performed in Ancient Egypt and the land of Canaan. The Torah teaches us how to draw on practices and traditions that help us …

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