Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Striking the Balance

Consider the following scenarios:

Debbie is an academically challenged 15-year-old who, after suffering through negative experiences in two different elementary and middle schools, has now started her freshman year of high school. Debbie struggles with self-confidence. She is capable of

Israel Education and the Real World

During the past year, one of the hot topics on many Jewish education blogs and listservs was Israel education. Many questions were raised and many opinions were expressed on a wide range of issues relating to Israel education by many serious educators in the field. How much time should be devoted to Israel education? Should we

No More Excuses

The Bakersfield Californian, KERO 23, KGET 17, among other media outlets, reported on the graduation of the Standard Middle School. It turns out that at the start of the 6:30 p.m. scheduled event the superintendent locked the doors so the ceremony could proceed without interruption of distraction. A number of guests who arrived

The Wimpel

Part 1

I guess that most readers have never heard of a wimpel, and even if they have, they have probably never seen one up close, or one actually being used.

So, what is a wimpel? The simplest explanation is that a wimpel is a roll of cloth used to bind the

Being Stung by the Sting

We really do not get it on the one hand, and on the other hand we do. Vibes have come our way regarding how much people despise the “sting” operation that is going on in the Queen Anne Road area, where drivers are being ticketed for not stopping for pedestrians as they cross the street in designated

Protecting Our Elderly From Online Hacking and Phone Scams

I sincerely hope that my guidance on hacking/scams will be well known to everyone at this point. Unfortunately, every week my engineers gets calls, usually from homeowners, grandchildren or children about some horrific hack of which their loved one has become a victim. GCG is generally not above servicing homes, but our business

Setting Up Camp

Now that it’s almost the summer, it’s about time you started thinking about camp for your kids. Actually, it probably would have been better to have started thinking about this earlier. But who had a chance? Between the winter we’ve had, and then Purim and Pesach, both of which seemed to fall out during the winter, and then

Redoubtable Rugelach

Many Italians enjoy rigatoni, ravioli, ricotta and risotto while many French enjoy ratatouille, many Japanese enjoy ramen and many Scandinavians enjoy rhubarb. Jews also enjoy many types of food that begin with the letter “r” including ribs and roast beef on rye, but one could argue (or, in this case, “r”gue) that in the Jewish food

On the Journey, Not the Destination

I often find myself thinking about what is supposed to happen next. Along with the movement to be more mindful, there seems to be this catchphrase of “living in the moment.”

But up until now, we’ve all structured our lives as a series of goals that we’re meant to reach at different

SAT Subject Tests: Everything You Need to Know

For many students and parents, the SAT subject tests represent one of the most bewildering aspects of the college admissions process. Few schools have specific requirements regarding these tests—subject tests are optional at many schools, and there are few guidelines regarding which ones (and how many) a student should take—but

When HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, Shlita Was Moved to Tears

Dorshei HaDaf Program launched at home of Rav Chaim Kanievsky.

It was an emotional moment at the home of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita. No one was expecting it, but suddenly Rav Chaim was moved to tears. He was visibly emotional and could not contain himself. What caused Rav Chaim to cry? It was a story about

In Memory of My Father: The Untold Story of a Quiet Hero

My father, David Roth, was born on March 26, 1913, in a small city called Bereg, near Beregsazs, in the Carpathian Mountains. My father was the third-youngest child of eight, six boys and two girls. He, as did his brothers, went to cheder in Beregsazs, and after his bar mitzvah went to learn in a neighboring town, called Savelyev.