Most of us are familiar with Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, which, according to at least one interpretation, teaches us that the fastest runner does not always win the race. Likewise, in the Bible, God created the world in six days and the Sabbath on the seventh, for even the Divine Creator needed rest and… Continue reading Commentary


Weekly Message 4-29-09

24 April 2009  Rosh Chodesh Iyar, 5769  Shalom Chaverim, Three events punctuated this week, each of which highlighted aspects of Gann’s educational mission and vision. On Tuesday, Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), three different Holocaust survivors came to speak to our student body. I sometimes worry whether Jewish high school students, who have heard these… Continue reading Weekly Message 4-29-09

Weekly Message 10-10-08

10 October 2008 11 Tishrei 5769   Shalom Chaverim,  It is hard for me to believe that we have emerged from the intensity of the last 40 days of teshuva, beginning with the month of Elul, moving through the Aseret Yamei HaTeshuva (the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), and culminating yesterday with Yom… Continue reading Weekly Message 10-10-08

Weekly Message 10-28-11

28 October 2011   Rosh Chodesh MarCheshvan 5772  Shalom Chaverim,   Wednesday was an emotional day for our community as we bid farewell to our friends from the Ironi Hey High School in Haifa, who spent the week with our stateside juniors for our annual mifgash (encounter). After living with our students, touring Boston, and traveling to… Continue reading Weekly Message 10-28-11

Weekly Message 5-31-13

31 May 2013   22 Sivan 5773   Moments of Wonder   Shalom Chaverim,   It’s that time of year again. School is winding down. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors experience the euphoric stress of completing final exams and projects as the light of summer grows brighter. Seniors are bringing their Gann experience to a close, many of them by… Continue reading Weekly Message 5-31-13

Weekly Message 9-28-12

28 September 2012   12 Tishrei 5773   Shalom Chaverim,   As I walked the halls yesterday, I encountered one of our seniors walking to class. I briefly stopped to engage him in what I expected to be a routine conversation. Instead, I learned more than I expected to about him and his outlook on life.   I knew… Continue reading Weekly Message 9-28-12

Weekly Message 9-14-12

14 September 2012  27 Elul 5772  Shalom Chaverim,   As we conclude our second week of school and approach the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays), the energy and rhythm of our school and our community can be confusing and even frustrating. Let me explain.   We are just getting into the swing of the school year, developing relationships,… Continue reading Weekly Message 9-14-12

Everyday Wonder

13 December 2013  10 Tevet 5774  Shalom Chaverim,   Last night in a packed house in our Bernice Krupp Black Box Theater, I was once again inspired by the talent, passion, depth, and sophistication of our students. Our Drama Club’s fall production was Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, and I want to thank both our extraordinary director… Continue reading Everyday Wonder

Teacher as Cheerleader

14 November 2014  21 Marcheshvan 5775   At the end of Tuesday’s parent-teacher conferences, a teacher walked by my office. I called out to him, “How did it go?” He smiled., “Great day. I found out that my students find my classes challenging,” he said with pride.  “Of course,” he added, “I want my students… Continue reading Teacher as Cheerleader

Ironi Hey Mifgash 2014

31 October 2014 7 Marchesvan 5775 Shalom Chaverim,   Last week I was witness to the power of Jewish Peoplehood and the strength of our next generation from several different perspectives.   The first, which I wrote briefly about last week, was the mifgash (encounter) between our Gann Academy juniors and 29 of their peers from the… Continue reading Ironi Hey Mifgash 2014