The Heschel Blog
June 26, 2020
Message from Moreh Greg

Dear Heschel Families, Well, that was certainly quite a year.  It’s incredible to believe that only 10 months ago we celebrated Rosh Hashanah of the Jewish year תש”ף.  It seems like a lifetime ago.  The past few months have been something unlike any of us have ever experienced.  And, yet, we made it through.  Not …

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June 12, 2020
Message from Moreh Greg

On Shabbat, my family always precedes the motzi blessing on challah with a little tune.  We sing, “We give thanks to God for bread, our voices rise in song together as our _______ prayer is said.”  The blank is filled with any impromptu word that expresses how the family is feeling that week.  Lately, the …

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June 05, 2020
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parashah is Parashat Nasso.  Nasso means to ‘raise up’.  It shares the same Hebrew root with the word Nasi which means a ‘Community Leader’, or in modern Hebrew a ‘President’.   The linguistic connection is clear: Good leadership ‘raises up’ the community. The past week has been a troubling time for those of us …

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May 28, 2020
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 comprised of the best first-fruits of their crop. In …

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May 22, 2020
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 modeling, lead by innovation; lead by vision, lead by consensus.  This week’s parshah — Parshat Naso — generates a teaching about leadership that I …

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May 15, 2020
Message from Moreh Greg

It is one thing to struggle, it is another to struggle alone.  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 — …

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