Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shiur Online

The audio and source sheets from today's shiur on Bereshit are available in the audio section of our school website:  We focused on the Netziv's understanding of the story of Cayin and Hevel (Cain and Abel). Enjoy!

Rapping in Hebrew

Our 5th graders were rapping, singing, banging, bumping, and jumping to the words of a Hebrew poem they learned with Morah Yehudit.  Luckily, I captured it all on video...

From 5th Grade Ivrit

From 5th Grade Ivrit

From 5th Grade Ivrit

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Extraordinary Student Gift

Her speech took us all by surprise.  It wasn't the poise and eloquence of 7th grader Meryl Musicante's Bat Mitzvah speech that surprised our teachers and administrators sitting in the audience that shabbat morning a few weeks ago.  We expected that from Meryl.  What no one expected was her announcement, in front of all who had come to daven in Baron Hirsch that morning, that she planned to give a significant percentage of the money she received for her Bat Mitzvah to the Margolin Hebrew Academy.

Sure, bnei and bnot mitzvah have given a percentage of their gifts to charitable causes before.  It's a wonderful practice that we should all highly encourage.  Yet, so often our young men and women are encouraged to contribute toward the needs of those who live great distances away or locals whom they've never met or with whom they'll never have a meaningful relationship.  Seldom do we encounter a young man or woman, who realizes that sitting in their very own class are students whose families need help.  Seldom do we see a young man or woman who recognizes that attending a Jewish Day School is an extremely costly endeavor that many in our own community simply cannot afford.  Seldom do we meet a young man or woman who understands that giving of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah gifts to their school can help give the gift of Jewish Education to students for whom it might otherwise be out of reach.

Yesterday, Meryl handed me an envelope at carpool that had "Donation to School" written on the outside.  I opened it up to find a check for $900.  It was an extraordinary gift from an extraordinary student.

May we all draw inspiration from her stellar example.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What a day!

It all started with the Boys High School launching it's Sukkah Wars right after davening this morning during which three teams split to learn the intricacies of hilchot sukkah and then set out to build one which incorporated as many of the halachot as possible.  From there it was the lower school's turn to celebrate Sukkot with an assembly that featured a performance from Mrs. Kugielsky's new Music and Dance program, a story from Rabbi Kugielsky, and dancing to the music of our Junior High band.  Then it was on to edible sukkah making in 4th grade, Simchat Torah marching in Pre-K, model sukkah judging and a whole host of other activities.  Who knew school could be so much fun...


From Sukkot

Parsha Shiur Online

Today we covered the Netziv's Introduction to Sefer Bereishit (the Book of Genesis).  It is often regarded as one of the most fascinating documents to come out of 19th century Eastern European Rabbinic circles.

Here's the audio and the source sheet.  Again, all of the shiurim and source sheets are now available in the download section of our school website:

Please remember that there will be no shiur next week.  We will resume on Thursday, 10/15 at which point we'll be going through passages from the weekly parasha.