Feb
3
February, 3rd 2023
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik taught that there are two forms of Shirah. The first is the human response of praise and gratitude for miracles which transcend the laws of nature. The full Hallel which…
Jan
13
January, 13th 2023
Dear Hebrew Academy Community, Rabbi Shalom Noach Berezovsky (1911 – 2000), the Slonimer Rebbe, asks a question about Parashat Shmot which surely has occurred to all of us. Hashem appears to Moshe at…
Jan
6
January, 6th 2023
Parashat Vayechi, which concludes with Yaakov’s blessing for each of his twelve sons, is a departure from the pattern of Yaakov’s father and grandfather. Both Avraham and Yitzchak had rejected a…
Dec
29
December, 29th 2022
6th graders used microscopes for the first time to look at microorganisms. They studied protists, a kingdom of life that is often found in pond water. It was amazing to see their reactions when they…
Dec
29
December, 29th 2022
Rav Soloveitchik—as cited in Rabbi Avishai David’s Darosh Darash Yosef—found the key to Jewish survival through the generations in just a few words in the first three Pesukim of Parashat VaYigash. At…
Dec
23
December, 23rd 2022
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: When Jews light Chanukah candles following the almost universally accepted pattern they are, knowingly or not, not only performing a Mitzvah but are also engaged in…
Dec
16
December, 16th 2022
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: The first Pasuk of Vayeshev tells us that Yaakov, who had escaped from the house of Lavan, had survived confrontations with both Esav and an angel, and had lived…
Dec
9
December, 9th 2022
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: The narratives recorded in the Torah are not just bible stories; they are included in the Torah so that we may learn from them. What, then, might we learn from the…
Dec
2
December, 2nd 2022
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: What was the message that HaKadosh Baruch Hu was conveying to Yaakov with the vision of “a ladder set up on the ground and its top reaching heaven” with angels…
Nov
21
November, 21st 2022
Hebrew Academy 8th graders had a unique opportunity to get to know and learn Torah with a group of our high school's upperclassmen in a dynamic, interactive class taught by Rabbi Yosi Manne (Rebbi &…