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Torah Talk for Parashat Lech Lecha

October 16, 2018 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Avram and Sarai follow Hashem’s call to journey to Cana’an, where the covenant between Hashem and Avraham is affirmed. Avram is renamed Avraham and has a son with Hagar, Sarai’s maid, and Hashem promises that Sarai, renamed Sarah, will bear a son as well. One of the lesser-known stories in this week’s […]

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New State-of-the-Art Facility, First Jewish Middle School in DC Since 1976, and Highest Enrollment in School History

October 11, 2018 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

MILTON officially opened its expanded Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Celebration on October 8. The opening of the North Campus, which serves students in Grades 2 to 8, marks the establishment of the first dedicated Jewish middle school in Washington, DC since 1976. This year, MILTON welcomed […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Noach

October 9, 2018 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha we hear the story of Noach and the flood; its aftermath when Noach planted a vineyard and got inebriated and his son saw “his nakedness”; and finally, the story of the Tower of Babel and the birth of Avram. The number “40” appears no less than six times in the flood story. […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Bereshit

October 3, 2018 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha we read about ma’aseh bereshit (the Act of Creation); Adam and Chava’s sin of eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad and their subsequent expulsion from Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden); Kayin’s murder of his brother, Hevel; and Adam and Chava’s descendants’ genealogy, culminating with the birth […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Ha’azinu

September 20, 2018 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

At the end of Moshe’s last speech to Bnei Yisrael, Hashem tells Moshe to write down a song to teach to the Israelites. “Put this song in their mouths,” Hashem says, “so that the words may become a witness for Me against them. After I bring them to the land that flows with milk and […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Vayelech

September 12, 2018 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe concludes his speech to Bnei Yisrael, blesses Yehoshua, and instructs the community to gather every seven years to read publicly from the Torah; Hashem predicts the eventual straying of Bnei Yisrael. If I had to give a title to this Torah Talk, I would call it, “It’s All About Our Children.” […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Nitzavim

September 5, 2018 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe describes the brit (covenant) between Hashem and Bnei Yisrael, urging Bnei Yisrael to uphold the brit and honor the Torah so that they may be rewarded with life in the land of Israel. This parasha contains an eternal promise, giving us hope even today (Chapter 30, verses 1-6). Read more >

We Are Making History Together

August 30, 2018 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

Together, we are making history! In a few short days, we will joyfully open the doors to our two beautiful campuses. We can’t wait for you to visit and see the bright classrooms, inviting community spaces, and shared learning spaces including the Beit Midrash, two science labs, a design lab, an art room, a music […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Ki Tavo

August 28, 2018 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe instructs Bnei Yisrael (the Israelites) on the first fruit offering, then elaborates on the terms of the covenant by listing the blessings for fulfilling the commandments and the punishments for disobeying them. The Torah sometimes contains subtle messages in the ways it phrases verses. A case in point comes in this […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Ki Tetze

August 21, 2018 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe enumerates many laws that relate to topics of family relationships, interpersonal ethics, and forbidden mixtures. Jewish laws fall into two categories: those that apply at all times, known as apodictic laws, and those that apply only if and when something specific happens, known as casuistic laws. Parashat Ki Tetze is full […]

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