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Posted Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 3:15:00 PM
When most people hear of parashat Ki Tavo they usually don't think of the blessings, they mainly think of the curses. However, there is also a very important mitzvah in this parasha. We learn that Jewish farmers had to separate their crops into several different tithes, or sections...
Posted Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 2:33:00 PM
Parashat Ki Teiztei discusses 74 out of 613 mitzvot in the Torah, more than any other parasha. Among the mitzvot included are how to treat a worker fairly, what to do about a man who dies with no children, and many mitzvot about going to war. At the end of the parasha, the Torah explains our responsibility to remember what Amalek did to us in the desert and requires us to destroy them...
Posted Friday, Sep 6, 2019 10:36:00 AM
In this week's parasha, Parashat Shoftim, we learn the law to appoint shotrim. What are shotrim and what do they do? In modern Hebrew, shotrim are officers and policemen. In the Torah, shotrim are only ever mentioned once and it happens to be in this week's parasha...
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...
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