The Heschel Blog
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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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September 20, 2017
Message from Moreh Greg

Rosh Hashanah is considered to be the Birthday of the World; a day on which we acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful world that has been created for us to live in.  The symbols and rituals of Rosh Hashanah — apples and honey, blasts of the Shofar, the head of a fish — open all of …

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September 15, 2017
Message from Moreh Greg

This week we read the double parshah Nitzavim-Vayelech. In Parshat Nitzavim, Moshe offers the significant teaching that the Torah is not “in heaven,” inaccessible to us, nor is it “beyond the sea;” but rather, it is “very close to you; in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can fulfil it.”

September 14, 2017
Heschel Garden Garlic Sale!

Organic hard and soft neck garlic varieties were planted by our amazing Heschel family volunteers last Fall. The individual cloves hibernated all winter long and grew into beautiful bulbs of garlic that were harvested in early August.

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