Getting to Know Mr. Weiss
What are the three most important sentences about yourself that you want people to know?
מִי-הָאִישׁ, הֶחָפֵץ חַיִּים;
אֹהֵב יָמִים, לִרְאוֹת טוֹב.
נְצֹר לְשׁוֹנְךָ מֵרָע;
וּשְׂפָתֶיךָ, מִדַּבֵּר מִרְמָה.
סוּר מֵרָע, וַעֲשֵׂה-טוֹב;
בַּקֵּשׁ שָׁלוֹם וְרָדְפֵהוּ.
Who is the man that desires life, and loves days, in order to see good in them?
Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Why are you an educator/administrator?
I am an educator who wants to have a lasting impact on my students, on my staff and on my community by being an educator who is a mentor, a friend and a teacher for his students, not simply for the years that they are in my classroom, but for the rest of their lives.
I believe that each student has the capacity for learning and the potential for growth. Everything that I do as an educator is for the sole purpose of modeling for my own children what I believe to be the central ways for living a moral and ethical life full of character values and love of community.
What do you hope every Bornblum student receives during their years in the school?
My goal is for each of our students to learn the value of a question. It is important that our students understand that when they leave our school it is not the end of their Jewish education, but only the beginning. I want our student to love learning, to love their community, their teachers and their school. I want our students to know that their time here was not simply for what they received but also for what they gave. Once they leave, they should continue to receive and continue to give.
What is your favorite Jewish food?
A traditional Shabbat dinner with gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, chicken, a starch and some vegetables.
What is your favorite place in Israel?
Walking around Machane Yehuda.
If you were a Jewish ritual object, which one would you be and why?
I would be a Yad with which we read from the Torah. It helps to point the way towards knowledge and shows the importance of every letter and every mark.