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We have more power than we realize to keep our children’s schools safe

August 14, 2019, by

Ask North American Jewish day school leaders what issue troubles them most and you will repeatedly hear the same answer – security. In today’s world, security has become a basic necessity, but is often prohibitively expensive. That is why the Teach Coalition – an advocacy arm of the Orthodox Union – is dedicated to achieving

Beth Din of America Launches “Jewishprudence”

August 1, 2019, by

The Beth Din of America, widely regarded as one of the leading Jewish religious courts in North America, has launched a first-in-the-nation blog dedicated to explaining Rabbinical Court process and decisions. Jewishprudence will focus on providing information to attorneys and legal professionals regarding Jewish law and Beth Din jurisprudence. The blog will feature discussions of

The Tuition Crisis: Tackling it Together

November 22, 2017, by

Teach NYS’ Jake Adler published a piece on Times of Israel on how together we can help solve one of the biggest challenges facing Jewish families today: Every few months in these pages and on other platforms someone endeavors to write a piece about the tuition crisis. Each piece is usually followed up by a

Midrashim: Don’t Be So Literal

January 3, 2017, by

I have observed a phenomenon among a large number of people who were raised Orthodox but became disenchanted (popularly known as “off-the-derech” or OTD). Many of them have a particular axe to grind: they complain about midrashim, which they find to be childish and simplistic. Now, I’m not suggesting that midrashim drove them away from

What the Olympics Can Teach Us About the Value of Every Millisecond

August 4, 2016, by

There are countless lessons to extract from the Olympics beginning in Rio. The tenacity, resolve, grit, discipline, drive, and sense of teamwork of each athlete is simply inspiring and can serve to motivate each one of us to pursue our dreams relentlessly. Olympians serve as models of being extraordinarily focused and determined to realize the

Keeping Your Cool While Cleaning for Pesach

March 29, 2016, by

We are now in crunch time. Everyone is thinking about Pesach and starting to get down to work. Tensions are high and it can be hard to keep our cool. Sometimes it feels as if the hardest part about Pesach is trying to get your kids to help out. In last year’s post, we spoke