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Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017
One of the Siddurim on the shelf in the TanenbaumCHAT Beit Midrash (Study Hall and Chapel) is the relatively new Magerman Edition of the Koren Ani Tefillah Siddur designed specifically for teenagers. In the Introduction, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks describes prayer as follows:  “Prayer matters. It changes the world because it changes us. It is to the soul what exercise is to the body. Like exercise, it is important that we do it daily at set times, and like exercise, it makes us healthier and more... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017
When you think about Parashat Noah, what would be the first thing that comes to mind? I would assume that the first thing that would come to mind would be the story of the flood and Noah’s ark, or maybe the tower of Bavel. However, today I would like to focus on a completely different part of the Parasha. Both last week’s Parasha, Bereishit, and this week’s Parasha, Noah, contain listings of genealogical lineages.  In Bereishit, it is the list of generations from Adam to Noah, and in Noah,... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017
There are times in life when we need to go outside our comfort zone, whether it be by choice, by necessity or by Divine decree.  On Sukkot, we leave our homes behind to dwell (or at least eat) in the Sukkah, as a reminder of the temporary shelters in which the Israelites lived during their 40 years in the desert. Over the last month, many students have been moved out of their comfort zones, starting a new school year, with unfamiliar peers, teachers, and for many, a new setting.  Recently,... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The email from my synagogue came this past Friday at 5:45pm, approximately 75 minutes before the start of Shabbat.   A general call was going to out the community to immediately mobilize a search for a member of our Thornhill synagogue, who had gone missing and was known to have some cognition difficulties.  As this was an issue of Pikuach nefesh (saving a life), the email said our involvement in the search would supersede Shabbat.  After thinking it over for a minute, I informed my eldest 2... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017
With over fifty different clubs and committees, our students have countless opportunities to get involved in school life and build their leadership skills. One way to do that is by joining the Athletic Council. The council is a school leadership group that helps promote and execute athletic activities throughout the year. Some of the members' responsibilities include: scoring and timing athletic events, organizing Terry Fox Run, Intramurals, school-wide tournaments, the athletic banquet and... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017
Sometimes we get a window into the thinking of a child. One Shabbat afternoon this past summer, my youngest son shared the following insight into his own life. When he turned 7, he explained, he unlocked the ability to light Hannukah candles without help. No one held his hand. He then proceeded to tell me the future privileges he would unlock; at 10 playing outside alone. And at 16 he would unlock the ability…not to drive…but to take soda without having to ask permission. Our Rabbis of Blessed... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
As a child growing up Montreal, I was a tried and true Expos fan. I have early memories of attending games at the Big O with my parents and brothers rooting for the home team. As a young parent, I took my 4 year old son for a day at the Stadium - just by virtue of the fact that this day cost me 8 dollars (I cannot even imagine what that would get me at Rogers Centre today) from parking to souvenir baseball, I knew baseball's days in Montreal were numbered. When we moved to Toronto, baseball... Read More
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017
Today we will witness a rare event, a total solar eclipse. For those in the path of totality as well as partially for others, it will bring darkness, temperature drop and animal activity usually reserved for sunset. Throughout the millennia many have viewed an eclipse as a bad omen, harbinger of doom and the beginning of a darkness that would last forever. Even in the Jewish tradition, where awe-inspiring phenomena (i.e. a comet or shooting star) merit the recitation of a blessing, many rabbis... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Parents have a desire to provide the very best education for their children. A Jewish education can do just that. North American Jewry is in a crisis of continuity and its future depends extensively on the ability of the current generation to enhance Jewish identity in the coming generation. Studies confirm that a Jewish day school education can be the most effective and impactful way to increase Jewish identity. Jewish day school graduates are more connected both to their local communities... Read More
Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017
​ To Ellen Chaikof ‘80, December 13, 2016 marked the end of her term as president of the TanenbaumCHAT Board of Directors. To the school community, it marked the end of an era comprised of 15 years full of dedicated service. Ellen, a litigator and employment lawyer by trade, has been a board member since 2005. During that time, Ellen served as Chair of TanenbaumCHAT’s Personnel Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee before beginning her term as President in 2014. Ellen’s community... Read More