The Heschel Blog
March 22, 2021
Why Jewish Education Matters

On March 11, 2021, The Toronto Heschel School hosted the Greater Toronto Jewish community for a fascinating discussion on Rabbi Sacks’s ideas about why Jewish learning is so relevant today. Our distinguished panel, moderated by our very own Head of School, Dr. Greg Beiles, included Dr. Daniel Held, Executive Director, Julia and Henry Koschitzky Centre for …

March 22, 2021
Raising the Ruach at Heschel

This year, the Tarbut committee has creatively and safely accomplished our goal of raising the ruach at Heschel. One of the ways we did this was through creating different Spirit Days. We had a week full of fun spirit days including Twins Day, Pajama Day, and Among Us Day. Currently, we are planning Music Day …

March 19, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Dear Heschel Families, As we prepare for Pesach we are reminded of the verse in the Haggadah: “In each generation, a person is obligated to see themselves as having personally gone out of Mitzrayim.”  Mitzrayim is the name of Ancient Egypt – but it also means “narrow places” – from the word ‘tzar’ which we may recognize …

March 17, 2021
When Nature and Middot Perfectly Align

We learn, teach, and practice our middot (ethical measures) along with our students. The same is true of our environmental ethos. As the Grade 4 class engages in tefillah as a community in our Heschel field, we see the intersection of our middot and our environmental appreciation. Students arrive early and call welcoming greetings to …

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March 12, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parshah, Vayakel, is about how a community creates a dwelling place — a mishkan — for God.  The middah we learn from the parshah is “to approach your work with care.”  The parshah teaches several ways to approach work with care, each of which we can aspire to emulate.   The parshah begins …

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March 05, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

In this week’s parshah we consider what it means for God to be described as “womb-full” and “capable of taking deep breaths”.   The parshah, Ki Tisa, contains the famous narrative of the Golden Calf.  While Moshe is at the top of Mount Sinai learning from God, the people become anxious at the absence of …

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February 26, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Parshat Tetzaveh describes the special and beautifully crafted garments that the priests were commanded to wear when engaged in their holy work. From this parshah we learn how special clothing can remind us of important mitzvot.  The most well-known garment linked to mitzvot are tzitzit.   Each morning in tefillah we recite the passage that teaches …

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February 19, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

There is a saying: “Ayn Kemach, Ayn Torah” – where there is no “bread” there can be no Torah.  This week we read Parshat Terumah.  Terumah means “contribution.”   Parshat Terumah describes the contributions of cloth, skins, and precious items generously contributed by Bnai Israel to the building of the Mishkan: the portable spiritual sanctuary …

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February 05, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parshah – Parshat Yitro – is named after Moshe’s father-in-law, the priest of Midian – Yitro.  In this parshah, Yitro says to Moshe, “Listen to my voice and I will advise you.”  Yitro advises Moshe to delegate adjudication of certain issues brought by the people so that he will not exhaust himself trying …

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