Category Archives: Jewish Education (meta)

Still Rock and Roll to Me: Reflections on New Wave Tanach

A few weeks ago, to my surprise, I was invited to share a 15-minute D’var Torah in the coveted Thursday night pre-Maariv slot at my local right-of-center community Beis Medrash. In the days leading up to my D’var Torah, I … Continue reading

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Review of Koren’s New Youth Siddurim

Feb. 2015 update: I just saw a friend’s newer copy of the Ani Tefillah Siddur, and was pleased to see that it includes Chol Hamoed, including full services for Hoshana Rabbah and Hoshanot. So those critiques in my review should … 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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An Open Letter from a Day School Teacher to His Principal

A work of fiction. I have nothing but respect for my students’ parents, but the concept of the letter below entered my head and appealed to me for its subtle sense of irony. What if, indeed, the teachers were allowed … 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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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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