Category - Opinion

Torah Takes Patience

By Jim – originally posted to Flickr as The Hebrew Clock On The Old Jewish Town Hall, Prague., CC BY 2.0, by Joel Lurie Grishaver This text is found in the Shulhan Arukh. It is powerful because it talks about anger and...

The Conference and The Struggle

By Shari Weinberger The 12th annual NAACCHHS conference is 2 weeks away and this year we are in Louisville, KY. People who live in metro NYC generally don’t understand why we would plan a conference in Louisville. The same way they didn’t...

Teaching as Friendship

By Joel Lurie Grishaver We all know that the Jewish tradition values teachers and teaching. What I intend to this year is look at Jewish sources that can inform our teaching. To conduct this search for an authentic vision of Jewish teaching, we...

Knowledge: The Key to Jewish Survival

By Meni Even-Israel Throughout my childhood, and well into my adulthood, my father, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, constantly reminded me of our family adage: “It is better to be a heretic (apikorus) than an ignoramus (am ha’aretz).”...

Teachers: A Jewish Day School’s Most...

By Susan Kardos In a recent eJP post, Dr. Erica Brown gracefully laid out an 18-point agenda for Jewish education. Among the important ideas she put forth was the idea that “We need more great teachers. And we need to celebrate the ones we...

We Have a Problem – Israel

By Steve Freedman As exquisitely expressed in the Torah, Israel has inextricably been integral to who we are and why we exist. There is a direct and clear connection between the land, God, and how we should act. This can be found in texts from...