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Torah Talk for Parashat Bo

This week’s parasha tells the story of the last three plagues, the preparations that the Bnei Yisrael needed to make in order to leave Mitzrayim, and the actual exodus itself. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (19th Century Germany) has an interesting take on the order of the plagues. He connects the plagues to the original prophecy about Egyptian bondage that was given to Avraham during Brit Bein Ha’betarim, the Covenant between the Pieces, in Bereshit (Genesis) chapter 15. Read more>

January 16, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: |

Students Create Sculptures and Paintings Inspired by Iconic Israeli Artists

As part of our yearlong celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday, students are learning about prominent Israeli art and artists, and creating paintings and sculptures inspired by these artists’ works. MILTON students were not only introduced to the works of the iconic artists, but to unique media, materials, and techniques as well. Second graders have been exploring the work of Sigalit Landau. Drawing inspiration from the topographical, historical, biblical, cultural, political and environmental realms of the Dead …

January 9, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts|Tags: Israel, STEAM, Visual Arts|

Torah Talk for Parashat Vaera

In this parasha, God brings the first seven plagues upon the Egyptians through Moshe and Aharon, but Pharaoh repeatedly refuses to allow the Bnei Yisrael to leave. Were the plagues miracles, or did nature behave serendipitously at this time leading up to the Exodus? According to the Malbim (Meir Leibush ben Yehiel Michel Weiser), a nineteenth century Eastern European commentator, the two ideas are not mutually exclusive. Read more >

January 9, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Shemot

In this parasha, Bnei Yisrael become slaves to Pharaoh; Hashem instructs Moshe to liberate the people; Moshe and Aharon approach Pharaoh, who refuses their request for liberation. We can all list the cast of characters involved in the Exodus: Moshe, Aharon, Miriam, Amram (Moshe’s father), Yocheved (Moshe’s mother), Yitro (Moshe’s father-in-law), Tziporah (Moshe’s wife), Yehoshua (Moshe’s right-hand man), Shifra and Puah (the midwives in chapter 1), and, of course, Paro (Pharaoh). The only character on …

January 3, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Vayechi

In this parasha, Yaakov blesses his sons on his deathbed and asks them to bury him in Cana’an. This is the last parasha in the book of Bereshit. As we finish the first of the five books of Moshe, there is a note of hope, as indeed there is at the end of each of the books. The book of Bereshit is filled with conflict. It starts right at the beginning with the snake versus …

December 27, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Vayigash

In this parasha, Yosef reveals his identity to his brothers, prompting the entire family to move to Egypt, where Yosef reunites with his father, Yaakov. There is a story in the Torah about a person who is banished from the Land of Yisrael and winds up living in a nearby country. The person’s innate beauty affects the course of their life. The character helps the local ruler with a major issue, which was recognized by …

December 19, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Immersive Learning Week Launches with Explorations of Digital Game Design, Law, and Biblical Art

Our first Immersive Learning Week had sixth graders doing deep dives into digital game design, the law, and biblical art. Each group learned foundations related to their subject and broadened their understanding through field trips, guest speakers, creative exploration and design, and reflection. The program concluded with an Immersive Learning Week Showcase in which the students shared their learning with each other. Immersive Learning Week is a week between trimesters. Guided by instructors, students work …

MILTON Selected for Ayeka Foundation Grant

Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education announced that it has selected Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital along with Atlanta Jewish Academy, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, and Netivot HaTorah Day School in Toronto to participate in a cohort funded jointly by The AVI CHAI, Kohelet, and Mayberg Foundations. Ayeka was awarded a two-year grant to partner with Jewish day schools in North America to implement its Soulful Education methodology for …

Torah Talk for Parashat Miketz

In this parasha, Yosef interprets Pharaoh’s dreams and is appointed to implement Egypt’s anti-famine plan. This brings him into contact with his brothers again, as they come to Egypt to buy food. Towards the end of the book of Bereshit, we encounter many tears. Interestingly enough, this crying is done exclusively by men. Read more >

December 12, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Vayeshev

In this parasha, Yosef’s dreams anger his brothers, and they sell him into slavery in Egypt, where he eventually ends up in prison, still interpreting others’ dreams. Most of us recognize the names of the most famous twins in the Torah: Yaakov and Esav. In chapter 38, we encounter a second set of twins, which many people have never heard of: Peretz and Zerach, the sons of Yehuda, Yaakov’s third son. Read more >

December 5, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|