The Heschel Blog
April 22, 2021
Earth Day Roundup of Heschel’s Exciting Environmental Projects

This year, The Toronto Heschel School’s Environment Committee has worked on many exciting projects. For the past few years, we have also worked very hard to reach Platinum EcoSchool status. On our road to Platinum certification, our first initiative of the year was a Tu B’shvat project in which all members of the Environment Committee …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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