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Posted Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 4:08:55 PM
By Avi F. (Grade 5) In this week's parasha, Parashat במדבר, we learn about many things. In the beginning, Hashem commands Moshe to count every male that is age 20 or older. Hashem tells Moshe to ask each male over 20 for a מחצית השקל, a half-Shekel, and then count the money they collected. Then the Torah lists...
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:58:00 PM
This year's Friday Oneg has included many unique ways of connecting to each of our students at their own age and developmental level. Our newest addition has provided 4th graders with a chance to bring art, technology, and parasha into the same room. The Oneg team, including our Technology Teacher, Andy Greenspan, and our director extraordinaire, Morah Hadas, are guiding 4th graders in creating weekly Parasha videos, in which they are the stars! Each week, a topic in the parasha is imparted with a modern twist. Students practice their lines, choose their costumes and backgrounds, and then film their movie. This new addition has become a highlight of our Onegs and the audience loves seeing classmates up on the big screen while getting a new perspective on the parasha. For details and a sample video...
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:55:27 PM
By Alex S. (Grade 6) In this week's parasha, parashat Emor we learn about numerous laws dealing with ritual purity and what makes a kohen tameh (impure) and tahor (pure). The parasha starts off with the laws of kohanim interacting with the dead. Kohanim are generally not allowed to go near the dead or they will become tameh. However, there is an exception...
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:27:04 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani From the Second night of Pesach until Shavuot, we count 7 weeks, 49 days, the Omer. This should be an exciting time. A count up to Matan Torah (the receiving of the Torah at Har Sinai). Yet today, the Omer is designated as a time of communal mourning. We don't make weddings...
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11:28:52 PM
By Mordechai S. (Grade 5) Parashat Kedoshim starts by telling us that we should be holy because Hashem is holy. Then it starts telling us to do some halachot or laws. Two of the many halachot are the laws of Peah and Leket (19:9-10). Peah is the law in which you leave the fallen twigs and the fallen fruit for the poor people and converts. Leket is ...
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2019 4:16:10 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani I was planning to talk to you today about Yom HaShoah, one of the many ways in which we remember and learn from the Holocaust. Unfortunately, though we say never again, and never forget, this past Shabbat, our brothers and sisters were attacked, in a Shul, for being Jewish...
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2019 4:12:00 PM
By Ezra A. (Grade 6) The Torah introduces the service of Yom Kippur by saying that G-d spoke to Moshe after the death of Aharon's two sons Nadav and Avihu. This means that there is a connection between this tragedy and the Yom Kippur service. In addition, the pasuk adds a new dimension...
Posted Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 4:58:00 PM
By Avi F. (Grade 6) In this week's parasha, we continue to learn about the process for purifying the person who has צרעת (leprosy). We are told about the ritual the Kohen has to perform on the day a person becomes טהור, pure. The ritual requires two birds, a cedar stick, hyssop, a string of red wool, and shaving of the person's head. Afterward, the Torah tells us...
Posted Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 4:55:48 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani "Mah Nishtana Ha Lila Hazeh Mikol Haleilot?' Why is this night different from all other nights? Why is the seder so focused on questions? We have a mitzvah from the Torah for parents to teach their children about yetziat mitzrayim. It doesn't say anything about questions. So why is there such a large focus on questions?...
Posted Thursday, Apr 4, 2019 4:07:00 PM
By Avi F. (Grade 6) In this weeks Parasha, Parashat תזריע, we learn about many different things. In the beginning, we learn about what a mother has to do after giving birth. We learn which Korbanot she has to bring, and what procedures she has to go through depending on if she gave birth to a boy or girl. Then we start learning...
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