The Heschel Blog
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April 16, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we read the double parshah Tazria-Metzorah. Like many of the parshayot in Sefer Vayikra (Leviticus), this parshah contains many laws and regulations governing ritual details. As is often the case with Sefer Vayikra, we wonder how such details matter to us today.  The verse from which our weekly middah is derived describes a …

Greg-Beiles-Head-of-School
April 09, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

The week’s parshah is parshat Shemini (eighth), which refers to the “eighth” day after the building of the Mishkan (God’s “dwelling”). On this day, the entire congregation of Israel gathered together to bring offerings and acknowledge God. Our first week back at school after our Pesach journey from slavery to freedom is the perfect opportunity …

Greg-Beiles-Head-of-School
March 24, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Please read this important message about preparing for a safe and healthy Pesach. The wise child of the Haggadah – the Chacham – is the child who wants to know all the details of the story of Pesach.  The child asks, “What is the meaning of the rituals, rules, and laws that the Eternal our God has …

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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 …

Greg-Beiles-Head-of-School
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 …

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