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Sunday, May 27, 2018

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The Technology of Learning: What Will School Look Like in Five Years?

Part 2

The very idea of school has already begun to change and there is no going back. It is taking place in the public schools, in private schools, and is trickling down to the Jewish day-schools. (Technology for congregational schools merits a separate column.) The educational revolution has begun. However, there is danger in people falling for the hype.

Authors Examine Education’s Impact on Jewish History

Why has education been so important to the Jewish people? Author Maristella Botticini says a unique religious norm enacted within Judaism two millennia ago made male literacy universal among Jews many centuries earlier than it was universal for the rest of the world’s population.

“Wherever and whenever Jews lived among a population of mostly

A Good Marriage

How often do we pass couples who appear to be very compatible? Of course we know that everyone has challenges-just getting the kids to school, work, shopping, meal preparations, and chores, can be a source of stress for every person and every marriage.  Add to that, special needs children, pressure with a fast approaching work deadline, problems with relatives, etc.

Vacationing for a Cause

Two local Teaneck teens, siblings with Charcot Marie Tooth Syndrome, are participating in the upcoming half marathon in the Bahamas to raise funds for Kids of Courage (KOC), a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of children and young adults with serious medical diagnoses.

Racheli, 13, a student at Moriah, and Tzvi, 16, a student at Teaneck High,

Have You Met Raj?

We bet that many of you have met the lovely people mentioned above. The question is whether or not time was taken to acknowledge them.

Several weeks after our move from Montreal, we took our grandson Zev to Dunkin’ Donuts, one of his favorite places. Due to Zev’s “special needs” he has difficulty in making clear exactly what it is he would like

Helping Your Single Not Be Single

The Shidduch crisis is certainly not new to our world. We hear about it, we read about it, and we see it happening all day long. Unfortunately, this has become a reality that we don’t want to deal with, but can’t ignore either.

Parents of singles today must be more involved than ever before. They say that if one does his/her

Pieces of Fruit

Most of what I know about Tu B’Shvat, I learned as an adult. As a kid, I don’t think I was taught that much about it. I think each of my rebbeim assumed the others had taught us, so they just casually mentioned that it was the New Year for trees. And that’s a really strange thing to hear as a kid, without any elaboration. And then they gave out baggies

A Different Way to Lean In Lihi Lapid and A Woman of Valor

Part Two

Lapid’s mission on her U.S. book tour is to “show another Israel,” one whose people “deal with kids, family life, mother and father, how to keep the family together in this modern difficult world. For me, it is very important to export it.”

I first met Lapid during one of her attempts to do precisely that. She was getting ready to go

Elegant, Eloquent and Exemplary: Esther Manischewitz

Teaneck—Over 200 people gathered at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck last week to pay tribute to a woman who was one of the pillars of Modern Orthodoxy in this now thriving community, as well as a beloved and respected institution in her own right.

Esther Manishewitz, who passed away on November 15th at age 91, was remembered fondly

Dirshu European Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Siyum in London

As Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha completes the Mishna Berurah’s fifth volume, and embarks on the sixth, final one, now is the time to join and increase limud halacha. The Gemara teaches that Hashem has nothing in His universe other than the four amos of halacha!

HaGaon HaRav Shmuel

Tzipi Livni: The Believer

The final installment

As Livni returns to the negotiating table, she faces no shortage of skeptics who doubt this round of talks will succeed and hardliners who actively hope it will not. “We are marking 20 years from Oslo this coming September, and we have seen a lot of photo ops and a lot of meetings,” says Israeli Deputy Defense Minister and

Super Bowl Business: It’s the Economy…

Bergen County—This year’s Super Bowl is a confusing beast because it has two “owners”: New York and New Jersey. The game’s host state usually stands to bring in several hundred million in revenue, but with New Jersey acting as the physical host and New York, in large part, as the cultural host, things are a bit muddled.

MetLife Stadium is in East