The Heschel Blog
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October 27, 2017
Message from Moreh Greg

Parshat Lekh Lekha recounts the journey of Avram, Sarai, and their family from Ur in Mesopotamia to the unknown land to which God led them. Lekh Lekha means “go for yourself.”   Avram and Sarai were destined to become the forefather and foremother of new nations, but their first prerogative was to take a spiritual journey …

October 24, 2017
Learning to Read and Write Ivrit in Grade 1

Our Grade 1 students are learning to read and write in Ivrit! With the help of Morah Rachely and her animal puppets, the children are learning to associate specific Hebrew letters with the parts of the mouth that make their sounds. The giraffe, for instance, has a very long neck, and reminds the students to …

October 20, 2017
שלום ש”ש

We continued to host “Ushpizin” in class this week in grade 7. We learned about the cost of living in Israel and about the tent protests that took place in 2011-2013. We “hosted” Stav Shafir who was a journalist, a Knesset member and one of the activists of the protest. Shabbat Shalom, Uri and Maya

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October 20, 2017
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parshah is Parshat Noach.  The story of Noach and the flood is well known.  Noach is chosen to save a remnant of the world from the flood because he is איש צדיק (ish tzaddik) – a “just” or “righteous” person.  The word צדיק (tzadik) is related to the word צדק (tzeddek) – “justice,” …

October 11, 2017
שלום ש”ש

Grade 2 students visited the Heschel Sukkah today. Using our senses vocabulary, we described how we smell, taste, touch and see the hadas, arava, lulav and etrog. We all recited the bracha on netilat lulav and took turns shaking the lulav. Chag Sameach, Uri and Maya

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October 11, 2017
Message from Moreh Greg

Today at Heschel we celebrated the seventh day of Sukkot, also known as Hoshana Rabbah.  Hoshana Rabbah literally means, ‘Great Saving’.   Hoshana Rabbah is celebrated through a special prayer service in which we walk in ‘hakafot’ — circles around the Bimah holding the Lulav and Etrog.  As we walk we call out ‘Hoshanot’ — recollections of how we …

October 04, 2017
Message from Moreh Greg

As part of our commitment to Torah learning at Heschel, we start each of our staff meetings with a Devar Torah delivered by a teacher.   This week, Morah Nechama from Grade 4 taught us about Chag Sukkot. She taught us that among the many laws governing the building of a Sukkah, is one that states …

October 03, 2017
שלום ש”ש

This week in grade 7, we learned about Benjamin Zeev (Theodor) Herzl. We hosted Herzl in the sukkah, as the first guest of seven Ushpizin. We gathered as the first Zionist Congress to determine what will be the flag, the נס (symbol) of the Jewish State to come. We talked about different flags and their meanings, and also the reasons …

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September 29, 2017
Message from Moreh Greg

This Shabbat we observe Yom Kippur – the day of “Atonement.”  We repent and ask forgiveness for our “sins.”  The word “sin” in English is a loaded word; it may make us think of very terrible deeds. However, the Hebrew wordחטא  (chet) which is usually translated as “sin,” does not necessarily imply something that terrible. The word חטא  (chet) is related to …

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