The Heschel Blog
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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October 08, 2020
Message from Moreh Greg

All this week we have been observing חול המועד סוכות the intermediary days of Sukkot.  We have fulfilled the mitzvah of לישב בסוכה (Leishev Basukkah) — to dwell in the sukkah; and נטילת לולב  (Netilat Lulav) — waving the lulav.  Tomorrow is הושאעה רבה (Hoshanah Rabbah) – the culminating day of Sukkot where traditionally we …

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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