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  • Live Your Truth

    As we prepare to send off our class of 2018, I wanted to share with you the words I shared with them this morning. This will be my last Word of the Week for this year (!), but I will also be writing a final, wrap-up “Word of the Year” letter that will go out soon, so you will hear from me in writing again before we scatter for the summer...
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  • Live Your Truth

    As we prepare to send off our class of 2018, I wanted to share with you the words I shared with them this morning. This will be my last Word of the Week for this year (!), but I will also be writing a final, wrap-up “Word of the Year” letter that will go out soon, so you will hear from me in writing again before we scatter for the summer...
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  • To live not in comparison

    In what is now the third year of a tradition, this penultimate Word of the Week of the year is a space to share a prayer, a wish, a poem I have written for our departing eighth grade class, who this morning celebrated their final tefillah with us as students, as leaders, as changemakers ready to go out into the world and make it matter. So, in honor of the dreams and individuality of this beautiful cohort, I offer this short prayer for the journey...
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  • Being True to the Imagined Thing

    In this season of celebrations, the first grade tefillah is one of our biggest. These are the remarks I shared with our students and families for this morning’s ceremony.
     
    Welcome, everyone to the first grade tefillah. My name is Dan Glass, and I am the head of school here at the Brandeis School of San Francisco....
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  • Your Tikkun Olam

    Tomorrow morning, we’ll celebrate the culmination of the seventh grade Tzedek Program. These are the words I will be sharing with our students—I thought to share them with all of you, as well.
     
    At some point last year (I can’t quite pinpoint when; the moments blur), Brandeis played host to a delegation of JCC directors from Israel. We came together to talk about and learn from each other about the work of community building, of creating communities where people feel bonded to one another...
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  • She Got Game

    Yesterday the stars aligned just so, the afternoon meetings and activities parting like clouds, and I was able to take both of my daughters to see the 6A girls’ basketball team compete for the BAIAL championship. I won’t bury the lede: the Brandeis girls won handily, by 25 points or so, completing an undefeated season and bringing Brandeis its first girls’ basketball championship. They played inspired defense throughout, and completely took over in the second half of the game, turning what had been a close game into a runaway blowout...
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  • Awe

    I have previously mentioned in these words of the week the excellent and humbling (in its excellence) Brain Pickings, a website that I largely experience as a weekly curated newsletter of reasons to be fascinated by our world, and by the lives of the scientists, artists, and writers who reflect our world back to us, and in so doing expand it...
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  • The Soul of a Place

    This year for Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, we took a new approach to the day’s celebration. In honor of Israel’s 70th birthday, the entire faculty and staff was invited to offer workshops and lessons on Israel and the theme of seven or seventy. Myriad learnings, engagements, and explorations were planned for our kindergarten through seventh grade students...
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  • a sea light / an island light

    Some of you may have heard that my family was waylaid coming back from Paris, and a Saturday return became Sunday, then Monday, then finally midnight on Tuesday. I have never been so glad to see the dark shoulders of these hills stretching up to welcome us home, as we dropped down onto 280 South from 101...
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  • Becoming Expansive

    Passover is my favorite holiday in the Jewish calendar. It is, probably more so than any other single part of my Jewish experience, responsible for giving me the personal drive to continue the tradition in my adult life, with my own family. A holiday celebrating freedom is a powerful, unique thing, and in my family’s practice it was always steeped in the righteousness and shared struggles of oppressed peoples all over the world...
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2017-18 Yudcast Episodes

Each week Dr. Glass records Yudcast, a weekly podcast that expands upon his Word of the Week. Click below to listen to the episodes.

Episode 1: "Fanatic Hearts"
Episode 2: "Encased"
Episode 3: "Not in Heaven"
Episode 4: "Processing Units"
Episode 5: "Being and Nothingness"
Episode 6: "Points of Interest"
Episode 7:  "Frames"
Episode 8: "A Work of Art"
Episode 9: "An Age of Questions"
Episode 10: "Always Near Poets"
Episode 11: "Infinite Worlds"
Episode 12: "Radical Empathy and Ethical Leadership"
Episode 13: "Closer to the Falling Away"
Episode 14: "Growing Accustomed"
Episode 15: "Listing"
Episode 16: "Tomorrow, Tomorrow"
Episode 17: "My Heart Would Split"
Episode 18: "Laundry and Lives"
Episode 19: "Visible Learning"
Episode 20: "Do Better"
Episode 21: "Ethics Can't Be a Side Hustle"
Episode 22: "Oh, the Weeks You Will Have!"
Episode 23: "Dispatches from the Field"
Episode 24: "A New Generation"
Episode 25: "Becoming Expansive"
Episode 26: "a sea of light / an island of light"
Episode 27: "The Soul of a Place"
Episode 28: "Awe"
Episode 29: "She Got Game"
Episode 30: "Your Tikkun Olam"
Episode 31: "Being True to the Imagined Thing"



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