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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 …

January 29, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week we celebrated the festival of Tu Bisvhat: the New Year for the Trees!  As a gift to the trees, this week’s parshah includes an important teaching about caring for the environment.  Parshat Beshalach, recounts the departure of Bnai Israel from Mitzrayim.   Our middah, “Take only what you need,” is an important message …

January 22, 2021
Reading to the Grade 1 Students

Two weeks ago the grade eight students had an opportunity to read to the Grade 1 students and do an art activity with them. At The Toronto Heschel School, we believe the connection between older and younger students is important. This is a fun way for younger students to make friendships with older ones and …

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January 22, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parshah — Parshat Bo – reminds us about our role as parents in responding to our children’s Jewish questions.  The parshah raises many difficult questions concerning Pharoah’s free will, suffering due to the plagues, the cost of freedom, and more.  What has always fascinated me about this parshah is that it anticipates and …

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January 15, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week we read Parshat Va’eira, which describes the hardships faced by Bnai Israel as slaves in Eretz Mitzrayim (Ancient Egypt).  When Moshe comes to tell them of the promise of freedom they cannot even listen to him, as they are overwhelmed by their burdens.  וְלֹא שָׁמְעוּ, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, מִקֹּצֶר רוּחַ, וּמֵעֲבֹדָה קָשָׁה “They could not …

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