Al Tashlich Moreinu L'Eis Zikna

During the sixteen years I lived in Florida, I saw 80 year-olds who played tennis weekly, an 85 year-old who actively owned 3 Walgreens, and an 88 year-old who supervised the construction of an 80,000 square foot school building on a daily basis. Due to great strides in medicine, life expectancy has increased to over 80 years old in over a dozen states and is predicted to approach 100 in years to come. However…    Read more

Educational Implications of First Survey of MO Community

What does the recently published groundbreaking survey of the religious beliefs and practices of American Modern Orthodox Community have to say to those of us who teach their children? I believe that there are a number of important lessons for our yeshiva day schools leaders. This article examines the study's findings about adults' general shmirat hamitzvot and their implications for educators....        Read More 

What To Do About the Never Ending Tuition Complaints

For many newspapers the biggest takeaway from the First Survey of the Modern and Centrist Orthodox Community is that 89% of the respondents listed "Cost of Jewish Education" as a serious problem facing our community. Though 70% were very satisfied with the quality of our limudei kodesh, only 61% were satisfied with limudei chol. Argh!              Read More 

A Mechitza for My Car

In my high school yearbook’s “Last Will and Testament”, my class bequeathed to me a mechitza for my car. It reflected my classmates’ perception that 1) I was one of the most intensely-observant students in our class, and 2) The close relationships I had with a number of girls in our co-ed school (and perhaps the contradiction between numbers 1 & 2.          Read more

A Rabbi’s Take on the New Museum of the Bible

Should Orthodox families and yeshiva day schools visit this museum, which opened just before Thanksgiving in Washington DC? It was founded, and to a large extent paid for, by the Evangelical Christian family who are the owners of the 600 store Hobby Lobby chain, who successfully challenged Obamacare’s mandate to pay for morning-after pills in the Supreme Court. Is this museum a subterfuge for Christian indoctrination? I went to find out.                Read More

Will Teachers Have Enough Money in Retirement?

This year’s Noble Prize in Economics was awarded to an American Jew, Richard Thaler, for his work on Behavioral Economics, which has huge implications for retirement savings. His research conclusively shows that people who are otherwise make rational and thoughtful choices, make financial decisions that are patently not in their best interest.                     Read More 

Expelling High School Students

I’ll never forget that phone call. 

There was a half an hour between the end of school on Thursdays and mishmar. Though we took dinner orders from the boys from a popular restaurant which delivered, there were always boys who wanted to get from a different restaurant (no matter which restaurant we picked!) They left campus by car and inevitably returned to mishmar late.  Read More