Musings with Rabbi Moshe


Parashat Shmini

Parashat Shmini contains a significant section on the laws of kashrut, including the statement that וְאֵת֙ הַחֲסִידָ֔ה הָאֲנָפָ֖ה לְמִינָ֑הּ (Leviticus 11:19), the hasidah, stork is among those birds considered prohibited. Rav Yehuda, the great Talmudic sage (Chulin 63a) explains why by teaching: she’osah hasidut im chaveiroteha, the stork performs chasidut, charity, to its fellow birds. … Continue reading Parashat Shmini


Pekudei 2022

This Shabbat, we will conclude our reading of the Book of Exodus. In it, there are two significant national activities that take place: Revelation at Sinai and the building of the Mishkan, Tabernacle. When reflecting on the experience of the Israelites in both of them, one sees the need for a shared vision, cohesive leadership, … Continue reading Pekudei 2022


Shvat 5782

January 2022 How rare is it that a Jewish holiday that dates back to Mishnaic times and an American holiday first legislated in 1983 (making the third Monday in January a federal holiday) fall out on the same day this year? At first blush they seem to have nothing in common. The latter marks one … Continue reading Shvat 5782


Rosh HaShanah Message 5782

Dear KSDS Families, Thanks to all the members of the Krieger Schechter community, we can take great pride in our successful start to the school year. As a community of students, parents, educators, administrators, staff and board members, we have dedicated ourselves to one shared goal: to provide our students and teachers with a safe, … Continue reading Rosh HaShanah Message 5782


Musings with Moshe

I am so proud of our community. During an unimaginably difficult time, we have all worked to protect the health and safety of our families while giving our students the opportunity to benefit from being together at school. We are living through a unique and frightening period, and have responded to this situation with selflessness, … Continue reading Musings with Moshe


Yom Ha’Atzmaut 5780

5 Iyar, 5780 April 29, 2020 It certainly does not go unnoticed that this year we celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s 72nd birthday with the majority of the world, including those in Israel, under less than independent living conditions as a result of various stay at home, shelter in place and quarantine orders (I saw so … Continue reading Yom Ha’Atzmaut 5780


Pesach 5780/April 2020

Pesach 5780/April 2020 As we embark on the final days of the Passover holiday, I am reflecting upon the reality that saying the Yizkor memorial prayers on the final day of the festival will look and feel differently this year. Some synagogues will livestream or Zoom their Yizkor memorial prayers. Others, such as Ansche Chesed … Continue reading Pesach 5780/April 2020


Experiencing History

This past winter break, my family visited Charleston, South Carolina. Over the course of four days, we toured a plantation, took the ferry to Fort Sumter and visited the two historic synagogues remaining downtown. The highlight for me was our visit to two early 19th century mansions located in the oldest part of the city.  … Continue reading Experiencing History


Musings with Rabbi Moshe Volume 3  

November 2019 When we think about a school, we usually try to highlight outstanding students, programs or initiatives but I’ve always believed that the true greatness of a school lies with its classroom teachers. Nowhere is this more evident than at KSDS. Here, that greatness comes with even greater significance and nuance and is best … Continue reading Musings with Rabbi Moshe Volume 3  


Hayom harat olam!

Dear KSDS families,  Today is the birthday of the world – hayom harat olam!  These are the words that we will recite on Rosh Hashanah. Just as Pesach marks the anniversary of our creation as a nation, Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish anniversary of creation in a cosmic sense.  Yet, we approach this anniversary with … Continue reading Hayom harat olam!


Reflections from Rabbi Moshe

As I reflect on recent events, I am reminded of a seemingly obscure story from this week’s Torah portion of Shoftim that describes what to do when a corpse is found in the countryside and the identity of the slayer is unknown. The Torah commands the elders and judges to measure the distance to the surrounding towns, … Continue reading Reflections from Rabbi Moshe