Upper School Weekly Update

January 6th, 2017  -  Vayigash
In This Issue
D'var Torah
Thoughts of the Rav
2016 Alumni
Help Those in Need
Help Those in Need
2016-17 Calendars
Parent Handbook
Maimo on Instagram
Vehicle Policies
Directory Online
Division Newsletters
Next Week
Monday, January 9 
No changes
Tuesday, January 10 
Boys' Basketball @ Fenway (Var only 5:00) 
Wrestling @ Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall (6:30)

Wednesday, January 11 
No changes
Thursday, January 12 
Boys' Basketball vs. South Shore Christian (JV 5:30, Var 6:45) 
Girls' Basketball @ Pope John (JV 5:30, Var 7:00)

Friday, January 13 
End of Fall Semester

Maimonides Wrestling Shabbaton (through Sunday)
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D'var Torah 

by Rabbi Dov Huff
The meeting of Yosef and Yehuda in this week's parsha, as powerful as it is in the Yosef story, has much grander and more profound implications for Am Yisrael over the course of its history. The breaking apart and eventual reconciliation of Yosef and Yehuda is a paradigm of a complex relationship which would play itself out in the history of their descendants.
The divide between Yosef and his brothers, led by Yehuda, is emblematic of the tension between these two leaders, whose descendants would eventually divide into two competing kingdoms - one called Yosef, or Ephraim, and the other called Yehuda. We are informed of this break through the prophecy of the navi Achiya Hashiloni, who interestingly, and appropriately, uses the tearing of a new garment, much like Yosef's kutonet, to illustrate the impending split. Eventually the tribes under the flag of Yosef are cast away and lost among foreign nations, and the yearning of the Jewish people, like the sentiments expressed by Bnei Yaakov over their lost Yosef, becomes one of vekareiv pizureinu mibein hagoyim - reunion with our lost brothers.
In this lies the relevance of the haftorah connected to this week's parsha. Hashem tells the navi Yechezkel to take two sticks and carve "Yosef" on one and "Yehuda" on the other. Hashem miraculously joins the two sticks into one, and the prophet prophesies about the reunion of the Kingdom of Yehuda and the lost 10 tribes of the Kingdom of Ephraim. The prophecy ends with a beautiful vision of the reunited nation settling in the land that was given to Yaakov.
Vayigash eilav Yehuda is our story of hope and geulah. The reunion of the shvatim, the return of the lost brother, is our redemption story. Perhaps the tale of Yosef and his brothers is one that in many ways charts the course of Jewish destiny, and their reunion signifies our ultimate redemption and salvation.
Thoughts of the Rav 

by Rabbi David Saltzman   

At the beginning of their encounter in this week's parasha, Yehuda approaches Yosef and engages him in debate. On the surface, this is a recapitulation of the events leading up to the conversation taking place. On a deeper level, the Rav explains, it is a battle over which character trait would represent the leadership of the Jewish people throughout history. The question being decided at the encounter is: Who will be the king?
In this debate, Yehuda represents g'vurah and Yosef is chesed. Hashem chooses Yehuda and the trait of g'vurah because the leader of the people must have the ability to acquire and defend, to possess and protect, for the sake of the people. Leading a sacrificial life is good for an individual, but a king cannot be sacrificial at the expense of his nation. A leader must be demanding, ready to defend, insistent and strong. That is g'vurah.
Rabbi Huff Visits 2016 Alumni

Rabbi Huff spent this week on his annual mid-year trip to Israel, visiting many of our young alumni. He says, "This trip is always recharging because I get to see the fruits of our labor - educated, passionate young adults, in the next phase of their growth."


Alumni Newsletter Online

The monthly alumni newsletter for December is now online, and can be found here.  This issue's articles include:

  • Five 2014 Maimonides Graduates on Active Duty with the IDF
  • Alumna's Research Aims to Help U.K. Avoid Fracking Liabilities
  • Three Siblings Recall Student Years at Maimonides Educational Institute
  • One Graduate Reaches Pinnacle as an Airline Pilot, While Another Gets a Head Start on His Ascent
  • Gelman Family a Major Tournament Sponsor, Honoring Leland '82, z"l
If you would like to receive the alumni newsletter each month, contact Mike Rosenberg at (617) 232-4452 x 405 or mrosenberg@maimonides.org.

Help Those in Need with These Vital Donations!

We are collecting items for two local organizations that provide essential items for local families.

Full size toothpaste and deodorant are needed for Hope and Cure, a Newton-based organization that provides hygiene products for adults and children in need.

Family Table, the area's only kosher food pantry, is an organization that Maimonides supports throughout the year with donations of whole wheat crackers and canned salmon.

Collection boxes are located in the Brener (outside the Elementary School office) and Saval (outside the Upper School office) buildings. Your donations will be greatly appreciated!

Printable and Electronic Calendars Online

The printable school calendar for this year is at
The electronic calendar for 2016-17 is also online!  You can visit http://maimonidescalendar.org/calendar throughout the year for the most up-to-date information on everything that's happening, both throughout the school and in each individual division.

The online calendar can be customized to show only the divisions and events you wish to see.  See 
http://maimonidescalendar.org/calendar-instructions for more detailed information on how to use the calendar.

In addition, you will be able to subscribe so that school events and alerts will appear on your personal calendar.  More information will follow soon.

Handbook Online

The Parent/Student Handbook is on the Maimo website

Read it online here.

Username is: maimoparents 
Password is: horim

Follow Maimo on Instagram

expanding our social media network! Please follow us on Instagram at @Maimobrookline. If you're new to our community, note that we're also on Facebook 
(Maimonides School, Maimonides Early Childhood Center) and Twitter (@kolrambam). You'll find all the latest news and activities from school posted on our social media outlets. 

Vehicle Policies and Procedures

Please see this link
for current information on the school's parking policies, as well as updated drop-off and pick-up procedures.
Online Access to Directory
We know many of you are eager to connect with each other! The printed Maimonides School 2016-17 Directory has been distributed, but parents can also access the directory information online via MyBackpack.  

In order to locate family or classmate contact information, follow these steps:
  1. Log into My Backpack
  2. To find a single family, search by last name in the Directory box
  3. To generate an entire grade list, click on "Advanced Search Options" and follow these steps:
    • Click on the "Search for Student" tab
    • Select the grade you want and click on "Search"
    • Click on "Detail" to see email address information         
NOTE: In order to return to the entire grade list, do NOT hit the browser back button. Instead, click on the "Back to Search Student/Parent" button, found above the student name (at top left).

See What's Happening in the Other Divisions

Lots of wonderful things are happening at Maimonides School!

If you'd like to take a peek at the other divisions' newsletters, please click here.

If you would like to contact a specific school office, please use these emails:


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