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Embers



Embers

by Daniel R. Weiss

A man once went to his rabbi and demanded that the rabbi make him a Kohen. The rabbi replied that such a request was impossible. The man begged, offering him millions of dollars in endowment money …

ObtainABILITY



ObtainABILITY

by Daniel R. Weiss

This week, our school has been abuzz as we prepared for our annual Curriculum Fair. We focused our attention, this year, on how music is incorporated into our school day. As you walk through our hallways you can …

Core Values



Core Values

by Daniel R. Weiss

In this week’s Torah portion, Yitro, Moses receives the first set of Tablets, containing the Ten Commandments from God. These Ten Commandments are less than two percent of the total commandment given to the Jewish People, …

Finding Our Why



Finding Our Why

by Daniel R. Weiss

Last week, after Friday night services, as I was discussing Moses’s vulnerability, it was suggested to me that perhaps it wasn’t merely Moses feeling as though he wasn’t good enough to serve God (as I had …

Vulnerability



Vulnerability

by Daniel R. Weiss
Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Each of us has life-changing or life-altering moments. For some it was the birth of our children, for some it …

The Importance of Feedback



The Importance of Feedback

by Daniel R. Weiss
Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Feedback is essential. It is important to give and important to receive. In their book, Thanks for the Feedback: The …

Informing Our Identity



Informing Our Identity

by Daniel R. Weiss
Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

The story of the Maccabees is the quintessential story of the fight against assimilation. But is assimilation really that bad? …

Finding Light in Darkness



Finding Light in Darkness

by Daniel R. Weiss
Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

When I was younger, I was afraid of the dark. Just like so many of our children, I wouldn’t go …

Inquiry



Inquiry

by Daniel R. Weiss
Daniel R. Weiss is the Head of School at Bornblum Jewish Community School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks once said, “In Judaism to be without questions is not a sign of faith, but a …