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Life

Toldot: The Courage of Persistence

Covenant & Conversation: Family Edition is a new and exciting initiative from The Office of Rabbi Sacks for 5779.  Written as an accompaniment to Rabbi Sacks’ weekly Covenant & Conversation essay, the Family Editionis aimed at connecting older children and teenagers with his ideas and thoughts on the parsha. Each element of the Family Edition is progressively more advanced; The Core Idea is appropriate

Bored with Mitzvot? It Might Not Be a Bad Thing

November 6, 2018, by

For all our talk about passion and trying to do away with boredom, let us be honest and admit that at times it seems it’s unavoidable. As we have said before, the very nature of doing the same things repeatedly can lead to a dullness of the senses, no matter how committed you may be.

Chayei Sarah: On Judaism and Islam

Covenant & Conversation: Family Edition is a new and exciting initiative from The Office of Rabbi Sacks for 5779.  Written as an accompaniment to Rabbi Sacks’ weekly Covenant & Conversation essay, the Family Editionis aimed at connecting older children and teenagers with his ideas and thoughts on the parsha. Each element of the Family Edition is progressively more advanced; The Core Idea is appropriate

Our World Has Changed

Our world changed this past Shabbos. Permanently. And not for the better. We heard the news of the massacre in the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. Actually, forget calling it a massacre and let’s call it what it really was — a pogrom, because it was planned with malice

Vayeira: God and Strangers

Covenant & Conversation: Family Edition is a new and exciting initiative from The Office of Rabbi Sacks for 5779.  Written as an accompaniment to Rabbi Sacks’ weekly Covenant & Conversation essay, the Family Editionis aimed at connecting older children and teenagers with his ideas and thoughts on the parsha. Each element of the Family Edition is progressively more advanced; The Core Idea is appropriate

My Three-Year-Old is My Role Model

October 23, 2018, by

Kids have a pretty solidly negative reputation when it comes to dealing with disappointment or delayed gratification. Not getting what one wants, or even having to wait for it is, I think it’s safe to say, one of the biggest challenges of childhood – and by extension, of parenthood. (Hey, we’re the ones who have

Are Your Kids Bored with Judaism?

October 23, 2018, by

“I’m bored.” “How was school today, dear?” “Boring.” “How was the class outing?” “Boring.” “There’s nothing on TV.” “It’s boring.” “There’s nothing to do on Shabbat except read!” “I’m bored.” It is said that Heinrich Heine once wrote that “I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke

Do our Kids Really Believe in God?

October 17, 2018, by

I have been giving a lot of thought lately to the sense I have that there isn’t enough talk about God in schools. By this I mean not that you don’t hear the Name being mentioned–certainly in a Chumash or Navi class it is (almost) unavoidable–but rather that we don’t always talk about Him as

Lech Lecha: Four Dimensions of the Journey

Covenant & Conversation: Family Edition is a new and exciting initiative from The Office of Rabbi Sacks for 5779.  Written as an accompaniment to Rabbi Sacks’ weekly Covenant & Conversation essay, the Family Editionis aimed at connecting older children and teenagers with his ideas and thoughts on the parsha. Each element of the Family Edition is progressively more advanced; The Core Idea is appropriate