Redeeming Emily Carr

When we moved to Vancouver from Montreal nearly 10 years ago, the family and I set about acquainting ourselves with all things Vancouver and West Coast-ish, the better to shed our Montreal personas and adopt the ways and trappings of local Vancouverites. With newly acquired Nalgene water bottles in our hands, MEC backpacks on our backs, and Lululemon yoga pants on our tushes (well,
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After Har Nof: A private audience with God

The Amidah, “The Standing Prayer”, also called the Shemoneh Esrei, “The Eighteen (Blessings)”, is often the hardest part of tefillah (prayer) to properly teach and to to actually do in ones own tefillah practice. Composed by the Men of the Great Assembly (the greatest Torah scholars and prophets of the generation) about 2,500 years ago in response to the impact of the First Temple destruction and
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Real moments

Organizing an effective school assembly can sometimes feel very much like producing a movie that has to appeal to a broad an audience as possible.  Organize an assembly that is too serious and content-heavy, and parents, grandparents and students in attendance will fidget, look at their watches, and have that glazed eyeball look before it’s even half over.  Go too light and fun, and
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Understanding teachers

I’ve been thinking a lot about teachers this week.  The BC teachers strike is hurting so many people in this province on so many fronts.  Parents are scrambling to find childcare on a daily basis, students themselves are not in a regular learning environment, and teachers, who have been without a paycheque for some time now, and with no clear end to the strike
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RJDS welcomes 30 new students in September 2014!

Welcome and welcome back to Richmond Jewish Day School, for another wonderful year of learning, friendships and discovery. We are so excited to announce that we have had one of our largest registration intakes ever, which means that: There are 30 new students at RJDS 1 out of 3 students is brand new to the school Total enrolment is up by 10% We have
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What a year… Thank you

The Hebrew term for gratitude is hakarat hatov, which means, literally, “acknowledging the good.”  It is one of the basic values of Judaism – acknowledge kindness received by showing appreciation for the good someone does for you.  As you know, one of the first prayers that a Jewish child learns is Modeh Ani, “I am grateful to You, living enduring King, for restoring my
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Downtown Eastside Torah

“Yossi ben (son of) Yo’ezer of Ts’raidah and Yossi ben Yochanan of Jerusalem received [the transmission] from them. Yossi ben Yo’ezer used to say: Let your house be a meeting place for the sages, cleave to the dust of their feet, and drink thirstily their words.” Pirkei Avot 1:4 We are approaching the holiday of Shavuot (June 4th and 5th), which marks the giving and
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On giving thanks and receiving the Torah

Dear families and friends, Today, erev Shabbat, is Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the beginning of the month of Sivan. On this day we arrived at Mt. Sinai, on this day we achieved being “like one person with one heart” and we stood together to receive the gift of the Torah (the holiday of Shavuot, which marks the receiving of the Torah, is next week on
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Mixed Dancing

“And David danced before the Lord with all his might…” 2 Shmuel 6:14 “And it was so, as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, that Mikhal the daughter of Shaul looked out at the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord…” 2 Shmuel 6:16 I have a troubled relationship with dance, and an even weirder
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Freedom… for what?

In each and every generation, a person is obligated to regard himself as though he actually left Egypt. As it says: “You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of this that God took me out of Egypt.’” (Exodus 13:8) “It’s freedom, baby, yeah!” – Austin Powers We’re deep into model seder season here at the school. All through the school,
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