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Let all who are in need come and celebrate

I had the privilege of learning with the students in grade 6/7 last week, and we were discussing the beginning of the Ha Lachma Anya (This is the bread of our affliction), one of the more well-known passages in the Haggadah, in which we are instructed to: “Kol dichfin yeitei v’yeichul. Kol ditzrich yeitei v’yifsach” – “Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let
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Heavy of mouth

Heavy of Mouth But Moses said to the LORD, “Please, O Lord, I have never been a man of words, either in times past or now that You have spoken to Your servant; I am heavy of mouth (chvad peh) and heavy of tongue (chvad lashon).” Exodus 4:10 Moses spoke before Hashem, saying, “Behold, the Children of Israel have not listened to me, so
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I was invited to do tashlich with grade 3 this week at Garry Point Park.  It was cold, it was windy, it was a perfectly sombre setting to symbolically “cast off” our sins of the previous year in the flowing waters of the South Arm of the Fraser River.  I tried to do tashlich for myself as well, but I couldn’t fit all of
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Getting ready: a message from the Principal

Dear families and friends, Back-to-school shopping and preparations are such big moments for parents and kids. As the years go by, we never truly forget those new uniforms, the daring haircuts, the new sneakers, the oh-so-cool lunch bags, the funky chatchkes to decorate lockers, and even the great pens or pencils.  The truth is that while families are gearing up to return to school, teachers go
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Live by them

It’s beautiful and sunny outside today, with a high of 21 degrees.  Grade 5-7 is having a wonderful time right now at the PNE / Playland, and our students at school are enjoying the beginning of what feels like summer.  And one province over, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, we have this: The wildfire, which has gown to 101,000 hectares in size, is truly devastating,
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The faces of children

One of the hardest  parts of the job as principal is when you have to to deal with young students who have gotten into a fight.  Not hard in a “what type of conflict resolution strategy do I use” or “what are the appropriate consequences” hard, but hard at the soul level, at the neshama level.  You watch these kids, some so young that they
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Untouched purity

“When the Greeks entered the Temple, they defiled all of the oils. After the Hasmoneans defeated them, they searched and found but one cruse of oil, untouched and sealed with the seal of the High Priest. The cruse had only enough oil for one day, but a miracle occurred and they were able to light from it for eight days. The following year they
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If… then

This week’s Torah portion Vayetzei begins with Yaakov (Jacob) on the run from his brother Esav, alone and heading for Charan.  He stops at the future site at what will eventually become the Temple Mount, and has his famous dream, of “a ladder (that) stood on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of G-d were ascending
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All who are hungry…

“Ha Lachma Anya, this is the bread of affliction that our fathers ate in the land of Egypt.  Let all who are hungry come and eat.  Let all who so require come and join in the Pesach meal.  Now, we are here.  Next year, may we be in the Land of Israel.  Now, we are servants.  Next year, may we be free people.” (Hagadah
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As long as the candle is burning…

I know you’re not supposed to leave your cell phone by your bed. It pings, chirps, vibrates and pulls you out of your sleep, and forces the world into your room, often at the most inopportune of times. My alarm went off early this morning, and while my cobwebbed brain was trying to wake up in the dark, I reached for my phone and
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