Four Students- Part 4

By Mrs. Chana Rose, Educational Director of the Menachem Education Foundation The fourth son of the Haggada is the silent son. The “she’ayno yodei’a li’sh’ol” is the child who does not know enough to formulate a question. Or, he does not know that he is allowed to ask a question, or may be too timid to do so. The Haggada…

Four Students- Part 3

By Mrs. Chana Rose, Educational Director of the Menachem Education Foundation In the passage of the Arba Banim, the Haggada first addresses two extremes - the Chacham and Rasha, whom we have discussed in the past two weeks. The next son addressed is in the middle - the Tam, the simple son. In educational terms, we would call him (or…

Four Students- Part 2

By Mrs. Chana Rose, Educational Director of the Menachem Education Foundation The first thing that we need to realize about the second son described in the Haggada, the Rasha, is that he is here at the table. This is not the fifth son who, the Rebbe taught us, does not even know it’s Pesach, nor is it the son who…

Four Students- Part 1

The Haggada is our guidebook for Chinuch, with the passage of the Arba Banim holding a prominent place in its instructions for Mechanchim. The first of the four sons is the Chacham - we all know one or more like him. However few or many of these bright and eager children we have in our class, they are the ones…

Matan Torah: Making it Real

Zman Matan Toraseinu is upon us, the time when my toddler starts asking me: is Hashem going to give us the Torah again this year? Indeed, we are meant to feel as if He truly does - which, as Chassidus teaches us, is really the case. But how do we inspire this feeling of receiving the Torah all over again…

What Makes A Great Teacher? 5 Things I Learned from the Chinuch Awards

  Last year, reading the submissions and making the reference calls for the Chinuch Award nominees was a tremendous privilege, and truly inspirational. I remember thinking about whether it would be possible to move my family every year, so that my own children could have this great teacher in Miami, and next year another one in L.A., then back to…

Which Chinuch Crisis?

Anyone involved in education has likely had some kind of experience with a “Chinuch crisis.” On the receiving end, there are sadly many who feel hurt at their own needs or the needs of their loved ones not having been adequately met at school. As for the educators themselves, many have at times felts stymied in achieving their goals for…

Finalist Bio (Men) #5: Rabbi Yosef Wolf

A sought after expert in Gemara learning, Rabbi Wolf was instrumental in setting up innovative new programs for gemara learning throughout his school community. While students who come into his class may be hesitant to embrace Gemara learning, “by the end of the year students are very comfortable delving into Talmud and have come to enjoy it.” As a team…

Finalist Bio (Women) #5: Mrs. Baylie Vail

Morah Vail is an exceptionally devoted and beloved mechanches who constantly gives of her own time, money and resources to shower her students with the best introduction to Chinuch possible. With an innate ability to reach every single student, and an inner drive to do whatever is needed to ensure their success, Morah Vail helps her students blossom in an…

Finalist Bio (Men) #4: Rabbi Zalman Schapiro

Rabbi Zalman Schapiro It is very hard to find a mechanech who is both a consummate professional while retaining a Chasidish varmkeit in loving each of his students. Rabbi Schapiro is one such man. An organized, efficient and professional educator who brings a wealth of experience to the table, Rabbi Schapiro is also a beloved father-like figure to his students,…