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June 25, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Our middah this week is: “Notice what is good about your community.” After such a challenging year, it is good for us to step back and appreciate how our community has supported and sustained us over the past fifteen months. We are indebted to our marvelous Heschel faculty for finding ever new ways to reach …

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June 18, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

In this week’s parshah—Parshat Chukat—we learn why Moshe will not accompany Bnai Israel into the Land of Israel. The reason seems surprising: Tired, weary, and frightened from their journey in the desert, Bnai Israel complain once again to Moshe for having brought them there. Facing a wall of desert rock, they are thirsty and demand …

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June 11, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parshah is about un-truth and non-reconciliation; it is about how claims for justice can mask projections of anger and lust for power, with disastrous results. It reminds us of what we need to be and need to do. We may begin with points of commonality, while knowing no two stories are the same, …

June 04, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Dear Heschel Community, Last week, we all wondered if perhaps we might, just might, have a chance to return to in-person learning for a few weeks before the end of the school year. Sadly, we recently learned that this will not be possible.  As I read this week’s parshah—Parshat Shelach—I am reminded of how we …

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May 28, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

On Shabbat, my family precedes the motzi blessing on challah with a little tune: “We give thanks to God for bread, our voices rise in song together as our _______ prayer is said.” The blank is filled with any impromptu word that expresses how the family is feeling that week. Lately, the word “humble” has …

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May 21, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

As Head of School, I often receive suggestions for books to read about leadership. These books commend diverse styles of leadership: lead from the front, lead from behind; lead by being a role model, lead by innovation; lead by vision, lead by consensus. This week’s parshah—Parshat Nasso—offers a teaching about leadership, which I think is …

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May 14, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, as we prepare for Chag Shavuot, Israel is on our minds and in our hearts. Hearing the sad and frightening news about rockets, rioting, and civil strife draws our thoughts immediately to our Israeli brethren, family, and friends. We check to make sure they are okay, both physically and emotionally. And, our hearts …

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May 07, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we read parshat Behar-Bechukotai. Our middah is: “Help others feel respected.” The middah is derived from a verse that states: “If your fellow person falters, or their strength is diminished with you, you must bolster this person—both stranger and resident—to live with you.” The verse teaches us more than the importance of helping …

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April 30, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Parshat Emor recounts the cycle of biblical Jewish Holidays: Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Shemini Atzeret. Details about the timing of the chaggim teach us the middah: “Pay attention to special times.” Noticing special moments and times is a key practice of Jewish consciousness. Our calendar’s cycle of chaggim and shabbatot times, …

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