The Heschel Blog
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May 07, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we read parshat Behar-Bechukotai. 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 helping …

May 07, 2021
UJA’s Generation Trust Scholarship: An Exciting New Option for an Affordable Jewish Day School Education

The Toronto Heschel School and the UJA are committed to ensuring that every family has the opportunity for their children to receive an affordable Jewish education. Just before Pesach this March, the UJA announced a new scholarship program that aims to lower the cost of Jewish day school tuition for many families who wouldn’t have …

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April 30, 2021
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’s cycle of chaggim and shabbatot times, …

April 27, 2021
Great Camp Options for Heschel Students This Summer

Some parents have asked whether Heschel will be offering summer camp programming again this year.  While we offered several programs to fill a need last summer, there is optimism at this time that summer camps will be running, and thus Heschel does not plan on hosting summer programs in 2021. Jewish Day Camps in Toronto …

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April 23, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we read the double parshah Achrei-Mot/Kedoshim from Sefer Vayikra (Leviticus). These two parshayot teach that when we make good and positive choices, we distinguish ourselves, and this allows us to become unique and “holy.” In this parshah, God states to Bnai Israel: “You shall become Kedoshim, because I am Kadosh.” The word “Kadosh” …

April 22, 2021
Earth Day Roundup of Heschel’s Exciting Environmental Projects

This year, The Toronto Heschel School’s Environment Committee has worked on many exciting projects. For the past few years, we have also worked very hard to reach Platinum EcoSchool status. On our road to Platinum certification, our first initiative of the year was a Tu B’shvat project in which all members of the Environment Committee …

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April 16, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we read the double parshah Tazria-Metzorah. Like many of the parshayot in Sefer Vayikra (Leviticus), this parshah contains many laws and regulations governing ritual details. As is often the case with Sefer Vayikra, we wonder how such details matter to us today.  The verse from which our weekly middah is derived describes a …

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April 09, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

The week’s parshah is parshat Shemini (eighth), which refers to the “eighth” day after the building of the Mishkan (God’s “dwelling”). On this day, the entire congregation of Israel gathered together to bring offerings and acknowledge God. Our first week back at school after our Pesach journey from slavery to freedom is the perfect opportunity …

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March 24, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Please read this important message about preparing for a safe and healthy Pesach. The wise child of the Haggadah – the Chacham – is the child who wants to know all the details of the story of Pesach.  The child asks, “What is the meaning of the rituals, rules, and laws that the Eternal our God has …

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