Education

Stop It Already

Toms River The most frequently used concluding words of speeches and letters are, “Let us be zocheh that the Bais HaMikdash should be rebuilt speedily, in our days”.  Let us be honest; are we doing enough for that wish to be recognized! The Gemara (Yerushalmi, Yoma 1:1) says that in every generation that the Bais HaMikdash is…

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“Ven Ich Volt Gehat Koach”

Toms River, New Jersey One of the famous songs composed by Rav Aharon Karliner zt”l was Ven Ich Volt Gehat Koach. The beginning lyrics are:װען אִיך װאָלט געהאַט כֹּחַ,װאָלט אִיך געלאָפֿן אין די גאַסןאוּן אִיך װאָלט געשריגן הױךשבת, הייליגער שבת (If only I had the energy,I would run in the streetsAnd I would cry,“Shabbos! Holy Shabbos!”) Rav Aharon’s song…

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Stay Tuned

Story Developing…Stay Tuned! Toms River, New Jersey A professor conducting research on technology use recently challenged a class of 34 students, telling them that whoever will manage to avoid looking at or using cellphones (their own or others’) or any other form of technology for a 24-hour period will receive $100. A week later, when…

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If Only My Child Would…

If Only My Child Would Be Like… The Katz family lived an ordinary life, living in a neighborhood surrounded by many other Jewish families.  Their next-door neighbors the Kleins and the Kaufmans, were their closest friends. After a non-eventful pregnancy, Mrs. Katz gave birth to an eight-pound boy.  As soon as the baby was born…

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Homework? Stop IT!

Back to School

What’s for Homework?  I Hope Nothing Before you begin reading this article, I would like to address one question that you are going to ask.  Sometime during your reading, you will begin to wonder whether I knew what a sensitive topic I was touching when I wrote this article.  So, before you begin, let me…

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Private Letter

בס”ד אלול תשע”ח My precious Daughter , I want to wish you a טובה שנה, a sweet new year, and share a few things with you that I think you need you to know. When I look at you I see something very different than what you see when you look in the mirror. You see yourself as you…

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Do teachers deserve respect or should they earn respect?

By Rabbi S. Binyomin GinsbergDean, Torah Academy, Minneapolis, Minnesota The teaching profession is by far one of the most meaningful jobs in existence. Many rabbeim made impressions on me that I carry to this day. In the 60s and 70s, students respected their rabbeim, obeyed the rules (most of the time) and this gave the rabbeim the opportunity to do…

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It Makes No Sense – Part Three

If you have been following the first two parts of this series, you will appreciate that we are at the final part. Now we will explain everything, including those things that didn’t make sense.  To remind you and to summarize, the story was about a 7th grade boy by the name of Leibish Latecomer.  He always…

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It Makes No Sense—Part Two

In part one of this series of articles, we shared a situation that was happening at a certain yeshiva.  Leibish Latecomer was a perfect reflection of his name, as he showed up to davening late day after day.  Rabbi Moskowitz, the principal, was going to use Leibish as the example of how to apply a…

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