Over the past week thousands of young men and women have been arriving in Israel to begin their year or years of study in Yeshiva or Seminary, and upon collecting their baggage at Ben Gurion airport carrying their unique name or a unique label they will present their regular or biometric passport to the border … More A MESSAGE TO MY TEACHER FRIENDS
This weeks, Ben Gurion airport will be flooded with young men and women arriving from the United States, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom to begin a year of study in yeshiva or seminary. These students come to Israel for a year of learning, growth, and personal development, and for many of them, the … More Smartphone use by Yeshiva & Seminary students
In the coming weeks or so, you will be returning home to the US, UK and elsewhere, to celebrate Pesach with your family. For many of you this will be the first time back since arriving at Yeshiva or Seminary, and even though technology has enabled you to maintain contact with family & friends, as … More An Open Letter to Yeshiva and Seminary Students
One of the few people that the Gemara (Bava Batra 21a) lists as being ‘remembered for good’ is Yehoshua Ben Gamla who is attributed as being the architect of the formal Jewish education system. However, what is less well known is that Yehoshua Ben Gamla was the Kohen Gadol in the years prior to the … More Reflections on Jewish Education in the Post-Churban Era
I was recently speaking to a good friend about Jewish Education and Jewish Educators, and I mentioned that I have a number of personal DO’s and DON’Ts which, to the best of my ability, I try to adhere to. I then realised that other Jewish educators may have their own set of personal rules and after asking around for … More 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Jewish Educators
1. INTRODUCTION We are taught that a parent is required to educate their child to observe the mitzvot asseh (positive commandments) and refrain from transgressing the mitzvot lo ta’aseh (negative commandments). This duty is known as the mitzvah of chinuch. According to Rambam, this duty is derived from משלי כב:ו which states, “חֲנֹךְ לַנַּעַר עַל־פִּי … More When does the mitzvah of Chinuch end?
Tonight I would like to address a topic that affects all of us who, in one way or another, live in a society whose values differ from our own. It is an issue that affects adults and children alike, and a problem which all of us have pondered at one stage or another. The question? … More Maintaining religious identity in a secular society