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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

A Torah-Infused Winter Break: The OU-JLIC Winter Midrasha Program in Jerusalem

November 17, 2015, by

Shoshana Javitt, a junior at University of Maryland’s school of engineering, wanted to infuse her winter break with Torah learning. She heard about the Orthodox Union’s JLIC Winter Midrasha program in Jerusalem from her midrasha, Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY). The program sounded like a great opportunity for her to be immersed in Torah, recharge her

Savitsky Talks: Rabbi Aharon Fried

September 2, 2015, by

In this audio segment, Stephen Savitsky, a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for the Orthodox Union, interviews Rabbi Dr. Aharon Fried about better methods to teach our children how to read Hebrew. Savitsky is the former chairman of the board and a past president of the Orthodox Union. Savitsky Talks is a

Supporting Choice in Education Is A Jewish Value

June 17, 2015, by

Education has always been a Jewish priority. The Talmud exhorts us to remember favorably Yehoshua ben Gamla, “for were it not for him, the Torah would have been forgotten by Israel.” Concerned that the children of poor families—particularly orphans—did not have access to a quality Torah education, ben Gamla mandated that every Jewish community hire teachers to educate

Why Teachers Deserve Their Summers Off

June 16, 2015, by

The school year is practically done. Have you thanked your child’s teacher for the dedication they put into the past ten months of educating your child? If more often than not when you see a teacher you think, “Well at least in your job you get your summers off” –blogger Laura Goodman, a recently retired

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