Increasing Happiness

Dear friends and families, The well known phrase and song “Mishenichnas Adar, Marbim B’Simcha”, which translates as: When the month of Adar arrives we should increase our joy, is often taken at its literal meaning that we should act and be happier during the month of Adar (which begins this Saturday night with the close of Shabbat). This year, of course, is a leap
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Creative confidence

Dear families and friends, When I was a kid, I loved to draw and cartoon. At eight-years old, for example, I drew the Empire Strikes Back movie, frame by frame; I was so young that I didn’t even know how to draw fingers on the hands on the movie characters, and so they all had stumps for hands. Which totally foreshadowed the climactic scene
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Uplifting

Dear families and friends, In this week’s parsha, T’rumah, Hashem gives us the mitzvah of building a Mishkan, a dwelling place for God’s Divine Presence: “Speak to the children of Israel, let them take unto Me a “t’rumah”, and this is the t’rumah, gold and silver and brass…. And they shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I shall dwell amongst them. Hashem gives
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On Exodus and Wheelchair Basketball: From tragedy to triumph, from slavery to freedom

Erev Shabbat, Parshat Shmot, 5774 Dear friends and families, Our school, quite paradoxically, has a great relationship with our local RCMP detachment.  It’s not uncommon to have the cops drop into the school every so often and check in, provide us with important information, or notify us about community programs taking place.  I met Cpl. Kevin Krygier of the RCMP a few months ago
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A little bit of our history

For those of you who were not able to be at the 40/18 Gala a few weeks back, please take a look at the following video produced by Heirloom Films on the occasion of the gala that tells the story of the origins of RJDS.  It’s a great video and worth a few minutes of your time.


The Zimriyah is right around the corner…

You are cordially invited to attend the RJDS annual Chanukah Zimriyah on Thursday, November 28th at 6:30 PM.  Every year, the production gets more over the top, the crowds get bigger and bigger, and the fun and pride goes through the roof, as students sing and dance and bring Chanukah light into the community.  And well, because nothing screams Chanukah  like country music, this
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Happiness in School

Rabbi Tarfon, in Pirkei Avot, the Ethics of the Fathers, had a famous teaching: “The day is short, the work is much… the reward is great, and the Master is pressing”. On Fridays, even when the day is indeed short (and getting shorter as the season changes), there is so much going on in the school, and if you don’t stop to pay attention,
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Edible Education

Dear Families, Continuing its pattern of pouring rain in the morning and clearing up in the afternoon, the weather cleared up just long enough yesterday for the long-awaited garden sale / farmers market. Grade 4/5 students practiced their best shuk Hebrew as they haggled with parents and friends over the sale price of agvaniyot , gezer or oogat kishuim. I guess you know that
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Dancing on the shoulders of memory

Dear Families, I wrote last week about childhood memories about the holidays. I wanted to save one particular memory to share with you this week, in honour of the holiday of Simchat Torah which we will celebrate this Friday, because I think it is one many of us can relate to and offers much food for thought. Simchat Torah, which means “Rejoicing with/of the
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Sukkot memories

I think more than any holiday, Sukkot holds the most interesting and fun memories for me, and the nice thing is, the memories keep on coming. I remember the year it snowed like crazy on Sukkot in Montreal, in early October (!), when I was a little kid, and the schach caving in. I remember sitting in my father’s sukkah, which was built on
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