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October 22, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parshah is Parshat Vayeira, which teaches the message of inclusion as Avraham and Sarah welcome three guests into their home. Avraham runs out to greet the guests וירץ אברהם לראתם and both Avraham and Sarah work together to prepare them a meal.  The mitzvah of  הכנסת אורחים (hakhnasat orkhim/“welcoming guests”) is a very …

October 15, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Join Moreh Greg and Gidi Hagamal as they explore the Jewish journey of Sarai and Avram in Parshat לך לך—Lekh Lekhah. Click the image or use THIS LINK.

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October 08, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Why do we wear Kissuyyim at Heschel? Parashat Noach, and the heavenly sign of the rainbow, give us a clue. This week we read Parashat Noach, which is memorable for many reasons, not least of which is its account of how God placed a rainbow in the heavens after the flood. After human beings had …

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October 01, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we began the annual Torah reading cycle anew, with parshat Bereishit: “In the beginning…” We read how at the beginning of Creation:   וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים  מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם The spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.   We also practiced the middah: Be a source of calm. This week, we …

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September 24, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

This week, we celebrated Chag Sukkot, also known as Zeman Simchateinu—the time of our rejoicing. We observed the middah “celebrate together with others,” doing so as we learned inside of the sukkah, waved the lulav, and enjoyed the first rains of fall. On Monday, we will celebrate the seventh day of Sukkot, also known as …

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September 17, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Next week, we celebrate Chag Sukkot. Sukkot is also known as Zeman Simchateinu​​—the time of our rejoicing! Our middah next week is: Celebrate the good things in our lives.  Among the many laws governing the building of a sukkah, there is one that states that a sukkah must be large enough to contain a person’s …

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September 10, 2021
Message from Moreh Greg

Shalom, Heschel community. We are so glad to all be back in school, ready for a Shanah Tovah Umetukah—a new, good, sweet, year.  The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as Aseret Yemei Teshuvah (Ten Days of Teshuvah). This is a time of reflection and returning. The concept of chet (sin) in …

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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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