Oh, What a Ride! My 4 Years with Guelph Hillel

Written by Ethan Avinoam, Student President at Guelph Hillel 2017/2018 How fast time flies! I remember my first year of university like it was just yesterday. It was a whirlwind, but the perfect blend of fast-paced academic action, and incredible social experiences that made you want to pause time entirely. One of the most important…

Dear First Year Me

Written by Aleeza Karp   As my undergraduate career comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on me, my relationships, and my experiences. Naturally, the majority of this self-reflection is focused on me wishing I could go back to my first year knowing everything that I do now. If this were possible there are…

Let’s Make Next Year Incredible!

Written by Riley Noik & Marissa Kachuk, Incoming Co-Presidents of Guelph Hillel Hey there! We are Riley Noik and Marissa Kachuck. We are the co-presidents of Guelph Hillel for the 2018-2019 school year. We are so excited to guide the future Jewish leaders of the University of Guelph and to provide engaging events and programming…

Weekly Dvar Torah: Vayikra

This week’s Torah portion, Vayikra, is the first reading from the book of Vayikra, the third book of the Torah. The parasha outlines the five main types of sacrifices to be offered to God. The specific sacrifice that I would like to focus on is the Guilt Offering. This offering was to be made under…

Weekly Dvar Torah: Vayakhel-Pekudei

The Power of One, The Power of Many We often talk about the concept of Jewish unity – how Am Yisrael is one unified people. There is so much emphasis on community, the whole, but we often overlook what makes this whole so powerful and so special. This week’s Torah reading, Vayakhel-Pekudei, is a combination…

Weekly Dvar Torah: Ki Tisa

This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa, takes place just outside Mount Sinai. Moses has gone up to receive the tablets engraved with the Ten Commandments as the Israelites wait below. This happens right after they finally exit Egypt, witnessing incredible miracles on the way. However, when Moses goes up Mount Sinai and does not come…

Balancing On One Foot

Written by Allie Chandler, On One Foot Team Guelph Captain 2018 Team Guelph has been practicing our balancing and all that time spent “on one foot” has paid off! We kicked off this semester with another year of Hillel’s On One Foot campaign raising money to establish the Jeff White Community Building Fund. I am…

Weekly Dvar Torah: Terumah

In this week’s Torah portion, Terumah, Moses is on the summit of Mount Sinai obtaining information from G-d on how to build a portable dwelling that is easily assembled, dismantled and transported. The people of Israel were asked by G-d to “take a donation” of what they could contribute to the 13 required materials requested.…

Weekly Dvar Torah Mishpatim

The Torah portion this week is called mishpatim, translating to the word “laws,” “ordinances,” or “rules.” This parasha outlines a number of laws, including ones relating to slavery, personal injury, property damage, and more. One of the laws set out is as follows: “And you shall not abuse a stranger and you shall not oppress…

Yitro Dvar Torah | February 2nd

In the Parshah of Yitro, the purpose of the Exodus is achieved when, seven weeks after their liberation from Egypt, the people of Israel gather at the foot of Mount Sinai to receive the Torah from G‑d. Before this happens, however, Yitro — Moses’ father in-law— comes to join Moses along with Tsipora, Moses’ wife,…