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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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Roles and Partnerships

This week’s parsha, Shmini, is quite well known for two of its topics, the death of Nadav and Avihu, who were two of Aaron’s sons, and Hashem introducing the commandments of the kosher laws, identifying the animal species permissible and forbidden for consumption.  I want to focus on a slightly lesser discussed aspect of the parsha, that of roles and partnerships.  A the beginning
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New Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi at RJDS

In January, I attended a RAVSAK Jewish Day School Leadership conference in Los Angeles, which brought together the leadership of community day schools from across the United States and Canada – there were more than 540 other Jewish educators representing 150 schools in attendance. It was a fascinating conference, and I learned a lot, but the best part was getting to network and meet
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V’nahafoch Hu – Purim in Richmond!

HAPPY PURIM RICHMOND! The following are many of the Purim-related activities in Richmond taking place this weekend, from Saturday night, March 15th to Sunday, March 16th, including kids programs, megillah reading times and carnivals. Beth Tikvah Congregation (9711 Geal Road) Saturday, March 15, 7:00 PM – Adult Purim Dinner and Megillah Reading Sunday, March 16, 11:30 AM – Purim Carnival Chabad of Richmond (200-4775 Blundell Road)
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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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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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