A Moment of Silence For Our Own – The Discussion Continues

By: Rabbi Chaim Yitzchok Vogel Rabbi Chaim Yitzchok Vogel lives in Montreal and teaches in the Shluchim Online School. With the recent discussion about a Moment of Silence, I started reflecting on how this campaign of the Rebbe isn't only for the public schools, but for our schools as well. This pause in the daily routine can help instill Yiras…

A Teacher’s Prayer

I make sure to pray to You before I leave the house in the morning. I guess you can say it’s my “thing”. Each morning as I stand before You, the desire to concentrate on our conversation burns strongly in my heart. But as the sun rises at dawn, I have nothing to offer You, but the offering of the…

Why Standards, and Why Now?

The Zekelman Standards for Chumash present a significant milestone for Torah educators, but not necessarily an innovation. A closer look at our sources shows that an approach to Chumash that is based on skills and mastery, as opposed to coverage alone, is deeply rooted in our heritage. The Maharal, commenting[1] on the word “Veshinantam” which connotes fluency and ownership, notes…

Watering the Seeds

Literacy is defined as ‘competence or knowledge in a specified area’. We are constantly working toward math literacy, Hebrew literacy, and literacy in literature in our schools. How often do we think about emotional literacy? We are taught  that a melamed/instructor deals with ‘gems’ -, teaching chumash, gemara, sichos, etc. There is another type of educator-a mechanech. A Mechanech, compared…

When They Cry For Help

“I’m not here for myself. I need advice for a friend.” This is a commonly expressed justification for a teenager to show up at the office of a guidance counselor or trusted mechaneches. And quite often, after a short time, it becomes clear that the “friend” is actually the self. Unless it’s not. Sometimes, it is an actual friend. In…

Reaching The Souls

This is a transcribed and adapted speech given by Mrs. Sarale Blau at the High School teachers networking Melava Malka organized by the Menachem Education Foundation. Knowing Your Students The Maamer וספרתם לכם discusses the middah of Yisod. Yisod in the Nefesh Habihamis connects to physical pleasure. There is a famous speaker who discusses addiction, and suggests that the opposite…