Posted 10/08/2015 01:33PM
I spent much of the summer in Israel. I was there during the week where many of us were speechless in response to the murderous acts carried out by Jewish civilians against other Jews and against Palestinian children. I attended a pluralist/non-denominational Friday Night service in Jerusalem where Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis led tefillah and taught text. Rabbi David Menachem – a Sephardi Orthodox Rabbi from Katamonim in Jerusalem spoke about the verse quoted above: When God created Adam, God did so from the dust of the earth. God blew into his nostrils breath of life, and Adam became a living animal. Rabbi Menachem asked the central question: do we aspire to be more like animals, more like the earth from which we are created or more like the heavens, created in God's image?
Posted 10/08/2015 10:01AM
Please join us as Holocaust survivors share their memories of Kristallnacht. The Heschel School Holocaust Commemoration Committee, in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Museum, invites you to commemorate Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass" on Monday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Posted 10/01/2015 05:18PM
On Wednesday September 30, the Heschel Interfaith club hosted students from the Cristo Rey School. Cristo Rey is a Catholic school based in East Harlem. While the majority of students at Cristo Rey are Catholic, the school provides a space for many students of other religions to safely, and peacefully practice their religions during the day. Students from Cristo Rey at our event represented many denominations of Christianity as well as some Muslim students.
Posted 10/01/2015 04:20PM
The African Burial Ground Memorial was the destination for a ninth grade social studies field trip on September 25; despite the pope's presence in Manhattan that day, the trip, now an annual event, went smoothly.
The block on which the museum and memorial site are located, between Duane and Reade Streets, was used as a burial ground for both free and enslaved Africans for a century, from the late 1600s to the late 1700s. Covered over and all but forgotten, the burial ground was rediscovered in 1991 when excavations for the foundation of a new federal building began.
Posted 09/25/2015 08:38AM
In this week's parasha, Haazinu, God is the One whose ways are always just and right. This is a very difficult and even problematic metaphor for God. It also a familiar image at this time of year, having just emerged from Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, when we repeatedly beseeched God as a Ruler or King who will pass judgment on each one of us. Thank goodness for Ki Anu Amekha, the piyyut (liturgical poem) said on Yom Kippur, which reminds us that there are many other ways of looking at our relationship with God. "We are your beloved and you are our lover, we are your children and you are our parent, we are your sheep and your are our shepherd."