Category Archives: Classroom Experiences

Meet the Bar Papas, a Transnational, Intergenerational Nuclear Family

I came across something tonight rather by accident, which led me down a rabbit hole from which I am still trying to re-emerge. In preparing a unit on the history and people of Gemara for my 6th graders, I came … Continue reading

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I Have Seen the Future of Jewish Education, and It Is Us

A great deal has been made lately of the latest in Jewish educational technology, a sweeping program called Mercava. I have written frequently on this blog about the importance of integrating technology in the Judaic studies classroom and have broadly … Continue reading

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Our Goal in the Classroom: 6th Grade Mishna/Gemara

Continuing a series on classroom methodology which, despite protestations from a non-teacher friend of mine, I cannot imagine anyone but teachers finding interesting. What if we viewed Mishna and Gemara, as the Amoraim did, not as separate disciplines appropriate for … Continue reading

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Our Goal in the Classroom: Seventh Grade Chumash

This post is conceived to be of particular use to other Jewish educators, and perhaps to parents of my students, but it is not expected to be of much interest to the general public. The public at large can expect … Continue reading

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Hoda’ah and the Meaning of Thanksgiving

I just posted about the Halachic propriety of Thanksgiving, but perhaps a Hashkafic take is in order as well. I’ve been learning Shemoneh Esrei with my Sixth Graders, and just the other day we got to the final three Berachot, … Continue reading

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Teens and Tefillah: A Response to Rabbi Jay Goldmintz

Not too long ago I read the fine article “Why Aren’t Our Kids in Shul?” by Rabbi Jay Goldmintz, concerning what many of us increasingly find a losing battle to inspire our teenagers to engage with Tefillah in Shul. I … Continue reading

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ומי יודע אם לעת כזאת חסרת המלכות? Just Desertions – Pinchas and Overriding Faith

Learning Parshat Pinchas today with my Sixth Graders, a pair of insights by the students impressed me for their ingenuity and for their surprisingly adroit sensitivity to human nature and the human experience. Parshat Pinchas relates the reward that Hashem … Continue reading

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