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January 15, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week we read Parshat Va’eira, which describes the hardships faced by Bnai Israel as slaves in Eretz Mitzrayim (Ancient Egypt).  When Moshe comes to tell them of the promise of freedom they cannot even listen to him, as they are overwhelmed by their burdens.  וְלֹא שָׁמְעוּ, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, מִקֹּצֶר רוּחַ, וּמֵעֲבֹדָה קָשָׁה “They could not …

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January 07, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

The parshah this week is Parshat Shemot – the first parshah in Sefer Shemot – the book of Exodus.  Sefer Shemot narrates the journey of Bnai Israel from slavery to freedom.   It feels rather appropriate to begin this second part of our year with a book about plagues, signs, and journeys.  These days, we …

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December 04, 2020
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parashah, Vayishlach, is about “optics” – about how we see.  At first “glance” the parashah describes Ya’akov’s reconciliation with his brother Esav.  What we learn from his parashah is how a change in optics – from being seen to seeing – is a key to Ya’akov’s maturation as a leader. As Ya’akov prepares …

November 27, 2020
Message from Moreh Greg

In this week’s Parshah – Parshat Vayetzei – Ya’akov works for 14 years to marry his beloved Rachel.  Join Moreh Greg and Gigi Hagamal as they discuss this week’s middah: “Work hard for what you believe in.”  Click here or on the image to watch.

November 24, 2020
Graduating Students Cement Their Heschel Legacy of Renewal in the Teaching Garden

GRADUATING STUDENTS CEMENT THEIR HESCHEL LEGACY OF RENEWAL IN THE TEACHING GARDEN On a cool and overcast day on October 25th, amid the echoes of the growing Coronavirus pandemic, the 2019-20 grade 8 student graduates were invited back to receive their diplomas and participate in the new Heschel garden initiative, by assisting with the planting …

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November 20, 2020
Message from Moreh Greg

This week we learn the middah “Think before you act.”   This week’s parshah, Toldot, focuses on Rivka and her twin children Esav and Ya’akov.   Esav, the firstborn, impulsively sells his birthright to Ya’akov for the sake of some soup.  By contrast, Rivka’s carefully thought out plan helps Ya’akov receive the blessing of the …

October 30, 2020
Message from Moreh Greg

Join Moreh Greg and Gigi Hagamal as they explore the Jewish journey of Sarai and Avram in Parshat לך לך — Lekh Lekhah.  Click the image above.

October 23, 2020
Message from Moreh Greg

This week Moreh Greg and Gidi Hagamal read Parshat Noach, and learned how, after the flood, God offered Human Beings a sign of respect.  Did you know that the word “re-spect” comes from the Latin means “to look again”?  Click the image above to watch.   

October 16, 2020
Message from Moreh Greg

This week we begin reading the Torah again, from the beginning.  Parshat Bereishit teaches us about the Creative process:  When the world was being created it was תהו ובהו (tohu vavohu) –  full of unorganized energy and potential;  it was dark and unfathomable – חושך על פני תהום (choshech al pnei tehom).  Before God spoke …

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