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Holocaust Studies Class Guest Speakers

Holocaust Studies Class Guest Speakers

This week in our Holocaust Studies class, we had the privilege to hear two fascinating and incredible Holocaust survivors. We were honoured to hear from Stefania Sitbon, from The Zookeeper’s Wife, and Pinchas Gutter, who partakes in the New Dimensions in Testimony project which we previously visited earlier this semester. Stefania survived the war in […]

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Daddy, You missed it!

Daddy, You missed it!

by Rabbi Ephraim Kleinberg One of my greatest mentors and role models is a man who after surviving the horrors of the Holocaust, went on to a 53-year career in teaching and educational leadership. He once shared with me his opening remarks each year at the kindergarten graduation. He would say to the parents: “Put […]

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Teaching Toward Confrontation

Teaching Toward Confrontation

By Hillel David Rapp The consciousness of homo religiosus [Religious Man] is overflowing with questions that will never be resolved. He scans reality and is overcome with wonder, fixes his attention on the world and is astonished. Homo religiosus is dissatisfied, unhappy with this world. He searches for an existence that is above empirical reality. […]

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Pesach and Pedagogy

Pesach and Pedagogy

by Mrs. Yael Gelernter As the Purim seuda comes to an end, those present begin to think less about the holiday in front of them as the contemplation of the task ahead of them begins. Pesach is just around the corner and our houses need a good cleaning, we need to start shopping, and most […]

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York University trip

York University trip

by Alyssa Halberstadt, grade 12 student This week as part of our 21st century perspectives on the Holocaust course, we visited York University. There we were served a delicious lunch and had the opportunity to form strong and intelligent personal opinions on the Holocaust. We met three students who are studying a Holocaust course at York. […]

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And the Oscar Goes To…

And the Oscar Goes To…

And the Oscar Goes To… by Mrs. Sara Munk By this point most people are aware of the colossal mistake that happened this past Sunday night at the Oscars. In what people are calling the biggest error ever in the history of the awards, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced La La Land as the incorrect winner […]

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Blessed are you Hashem who gathers the scattered Am Yisrael – And what about us?

Blessed are you Hashem who gathers the scattered Am Yisrael – And what about us?

by Rabbi Aviad Pituchey Chotam The young Shlichim program at Bnei Akiva Schools, Toronto Canada.   One of my first memories of the Yeshivat Hesder I studied at, was a passing discussion with my Chevruta about the large number of “chutznikim” (Israeli term referring to overseas students) in the Yeshiva who all spoke a foreign […]

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