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  • Courageous Pathways

    As we send off our class of 2017, 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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2016-2017 Articles

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  • "The names of the lion"

    Following a tradition I inadvertently started last year, 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 8th 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...
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  • On Time

    Today we mark one of our most significant ceremonies—our first grade tefillah. These are the words I shared with all of our students and the families of our first graders this morning..
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  • Coalescing

    Last week I was lucky to be able to attend a session of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Executive Director Learning Series, which brings together EDs from Bay Area Jewish organizations for seminars on a variety of topics. Last week’s was taught by Dr. Yehuda Kurtzner on “The Ethics of Coalition Building.” It was a fascinating discussion...
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  • On Being a Mensch

    I was honored to be asked by Hamorah Orit to come talk with the 2nd grade as part of their community celebration about being a mensch, and wanted to share with you what I shared with them...
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  • The Many That We Are

    This morning the chair of our board of trustees, Russell Cohen, sent me an article by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, about “Judaism’s Three Voices.” In it, Rabbi Sacks describes the competing voices of our tradition: the king or judge, the prophet, and the priest. The first mode of thinking is practical and informed by experience; the second is creative and impassioned; the third is rule-driven and detailed...
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  • Memory

    “April is the cruelest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land…” So begins “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot’s post-World War I masterpiece of alienation. The line hovers at the edges of my consciousness, inevitably, during National Poetry Month: the poet’s ironic inside joke that we choose April to celebrate poetry...
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  • L'Dor V'Dor

    In the genetically modified dystopia of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, one of my Passover reads, the titular Crake states the following:
    All it takes is the elimination of one generation. One generation of anything. Beetles, trees, microbes, scientists, speakers of French, whatever. Break the link in time between one generation and the next, and it’s game over forever.
    Oryx and Crake was the last book that I read during our break, spent in a small beach town in Mexico where there was little to do beyond read in the sun...
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  • Some Notes on Courage

    At our Town Hall meeting and State of the School presentation this past Tuesday, I went back to my remarks from the past two years to begin, opening with a quote I ended with in 2015, from Rabbi Joachim Prinz’s famous speech from the March on Washington...
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  • Greet Yourself

    I have shared with you before our practice at leadership team meetings of “crossing the threshold,” or offering some text or idea to help the team transition from our many individual concerns to a shared space of collective thinking. It was my turn this week, and I went with Derek Walcott, who I wrote about last week in the wake of his passing, but a different poem this time, called “Love After Love”...
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  • [The day, with all its pain ahead, is yours]

    A few weeks ago, some letters showed up in my office. The handwriting had the peculiar angularity of children just coming into language—each stroke of a letter carved into the page with the tongue-pressed-between-lips attention of the young. Like the notes from Sonia and Alma I keep on my desk, the letters offered a reminder of the many things we take for granted in our adult lives, that might look different through beginner’s eyes...
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    • Dr. Dan Glass, Head of School


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: "A Drash on the B" -
Episode 2: "Pursuits" 
Episode 3: "Silence" 
Episode 4: "Beginners"
Episode 5: "Contradictions"
Episode 6: "Pace" 
Episode 7: "Here I Am"
Episode 8: "Stretching" 
Episode 9: "Useful" 
Episode 10: "Courage"
Episode 11: "Radical Empathy" 
Episode 13: "The Holy and the Broken"
Episode 14: "Our Rampant Muses
Episode 15: "Sfumato"
Episode 16: "The Mirrored World"
Episode 17: "New Citizens"
Episode 18: "Food for the Soul"
Episode 19: "Ways of Seeing"
Episode 20 "Takeaways
Episdoe 21: "Gratitude
Episode 22: "Kavod
Episode 23: "Searching"
Episode 24: "Ruach"
Episode 25: "Blessings
Episode 26: "[The day, with all its pain, is yours]"
Episode 27: "Greet Yourself"
Episode 28: "Some Notes on Courage"
Episode 29: "L'Dor V'Dor"
Episode 30: "Memory"
Episode 31: "The Many That We Are"
Episode 32: "On Being a Mensch"
Episode 33: "Coalescing"
Episode 34: "On Time"
Episode 35: "The names of the lion"
Episode 36: "Courageous Pathways"
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