Sunday, April 30, 2017


A Lesson From the Discarded

I had been waiting for my biggest grown-up moment to come for a long time. The transition to sixth grade was finally upon me, and most importantly it meant that I was no longer on the school bus. As a pre-teen I would take the city bus to school every day with a feeling of great excitement. I was finally responsible enough and free

Rosh Chodesh Nissan—A Time for Renewal

The Jewish calendar is the only calendar that has two days of New Year in every year! The first one is Rosh Hashana (Alef Tishrei), the first day of the new year. The second one is Rosh Chodesh Nisan, “It shall be the first to you for the counting of the months” (Parshat Bo 12:2). The order of the months (Nisan, Iyar, Sivan,

Why We Sacrifice

Parshat Vayikra

This opening parsha of Sefer Vayikra serves as a logical continuation of the final parshiot of Sefer Shemot that we read last week. After detailing the precise construction of the Mishkan, the Torah now describes for us the service that was to take place there. To the modern-day

It’s a Sacrifice

When we begin the book of Vayikra we read of all the types of sacrifices that were offered on the altar to God. There were animal, fowl (not chicken) and flour as well as wine libations. The details are precise and many about how to prepare the korban, where to prepare and offer it, and what to do with it once the offering service

Metacognition at RPRY

“If you didn’t have a value for the y-intercept but you had a point, could you still generate the equation of the function?” (Seventh-grade student anticipating the next lesson)

“How could I prove that two sides of a rectangle are parallel?” (Third-grade student, advanced group)

The Inspiration Trap

(This article first appeared in the spring edition of Hayidiyon and is reprinted with permission.)

I enjoy TED Talks. I find them both inspiring and enjoyable. I was listening to a TED Talks video with my children recently, featuring Benjamin Zander, who is the conductor of the Boston

Create Your Summer 2017 Here:  Camp Mesorah Introduces New Facilities

Do you want to build a log cabin? Interested in honing your basketball skills under the tutelage of an Israeli pro basketball player? Is mountain biking your passion? Prefer aerobics and dance? Culinary arts? Ceramics? Do night seder and lively “tisches” draw you in?

Everyone Come and Gather Around the Table…But For How Long?

Planning for Pesach when you have a child with special needs takes preparation.

The feelings leading up to Pesach—or any family and holiday meal—can bring either excitement or trepidation and fear, all depending on the lens you have and your particular cast of characters. Add an

More Than Matzah: Pesach Associations From All Around the World

Jews everywhere celebrate Pesach with the same familiar traditions. But you’d be surprised how many regional traditions there are. While we are joined by a common heritage, no two Jewish communities are the same. Israel is the ultimate Jewish melting pot with olim from around the world bringing their local customs with

Slowness: A Jewish Value?

The Slow Movement is gaining momentum (!)

It was sparked in 1986 by Carlo Petrini, the Slow Food gourmet, by his protest against the opening of a McDonald’s—the quintessential “fast food” restaurant—in the famous Piazza di Spagna in Rome. It advocates a cultural shift toward

Mazkeret Batya: The Inspiring Story of an Early Jewish Settlement

Reviewing: Rebels in the Holy Land: Mazkeret Batya-An Early Battleground for the Soul of Israel by Sam Finkel (2012) Hardcover. 460 pages. Philipp Feldheim. ISBN-10: 1598268619. $24.99.

The modern Jewish settlements are always in the news today. But I would like to tell

How to Make Happy Clients

“Our whole philosophy became ‘let’s take most of the money we would’ve spent on paid advertising and paid marketing and instead of spending it on that invest it in the customer experience/customer service and then let our customers do the marketing for us through word of mouth’ and that became the whole business