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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

Give our Families a Chance

June 11, 2015, by

In Judaism, we are accustomed to counting down (or up) toward a deadline: the 49 days of the Omer leading to Shavuot and the Asseret Yemai Teshuvah leading to Yom Kippur, to name two. Right now, we’re counting down to another deadline that could have a significant impact for Jewish day school parents and all

Sexual Abuse Prevention: Choosing the Right Words

June 10, 2015, by

This article first appeared on the blog for Baltimore Therapy Center. There is a difference of opinions out there as to whether it is important to use the proper names for private parts when teaching children about their bodies and discussing sexual abuse issues (i.e., not the latest news story but what they need to

Something to Wrap Your Head Around

June 4, 2015, by

It’s an educational forum. It’s a skills-building website. It’s a communal sanctuary to discuss the deeper, the spiritual, the real. It’s a sisterhood connector. It’s a morale builder. It gives options to the clueless, and inspires the doubtful. It’s a trend that’s not a trend. It’s a revolution that’s been developing for the past few

A Roaring Good Read

June 3, 2015, by

Forget building a buzz around his new book, Rabbi Natan Slifkin is getting a roar. Rabbi Slifkin, author of The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom—Volume One: Chayot/Wild Animals, recently visited Akwaaba Lodge in South Africa to film scenes for his upcoming documentary on the animal kingdom in Jewish thought. The first volume of The Torah

Getting the Best out of Our Kids: An ADHD Expert Weighs In

May 14, 2015, by

Dr. Yitzchak Goldberg doesn’t want you to make an error when it comes to dealing with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), or with any children for that matter. “If we think that our children aren’t good listeners, then there’s nothing we can do about it,” he told a crowd that gathered to listen

Let’s Keep All Our Kids Safe

April 13, 2015, by

All children deserve to be safe at school. Yet it turns out that New York City does not provide kids who attend private schools with the same level of protection as those at public schools. That’s not only unfair, it’s unsafe. And it ought to change. As matters stand, only public schools in the city

Why I Teach

April 1, 2015, by

Rabbi Elie Weismann, Rabbi of the Young Israel of Plainview, speaks about the values of education and educators. By watching, teachers and parents can help think through their roles as conduits of mesorah in the context of the Pesach Seder. R3CA videos are a new format for teaching Torah and discussing important issues in the

UPK Far From Universal

March 9, 2015, by

Reprinted from the March 2015 issue of Mishpacha Magazine “We don’t want the percentage of yeshivah students enrolled going from 11% to 12%, we want it going to 50%” —Maury Litwack A centerpiece of Bill de Blasio’s suc- cessful 2013 campaign for New York City mayor was his plan to bring to the Big Apple

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