Saturday, June 06, 2020

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The Importance of Jewish Schools

I read Rabbi Rosen’s letter “A Well-Rounded Jewish and Educational Experience” (May 21, 2020), and found it to be a well-argued explanation for how the role of a Jewish school is so much more than simply teaching the subjects normally classified as Torah. I would like to add to his points another aspect that, while


The Best Way Forward

I keep hearing experts speak of goals such as opening the economy, opening schools, opening shuls, opening…

Of course these are important, BUT they miss the strategic definition of a goal.

I believe the appropriate strategic goal is: the long term health and safety


Thank You KBY

I want to thank Murray Sragow for his recent article “An Unusual Pesach at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh” (May 7, 2020). As the parents of two sons who attended KBY this year and chose to stay for Pesach and kayitz z’man, we are so grateful for all that KBY has done for its talmidim. They have gone above and beyond what any other hesder


Thriving Jewish Communities Are for Everyone

I was saddened to read letters last week in which writers suggested that families leave the community if it becomes too expensive (“A Different Perspective,” May 14, 2020; “Be Happy With What You Have,” May 14, 2020). These writers seem to lack empathy for those who might have lived in this area their entire


We Should All Be Wearing Masks

The problem with not wearing a face mask outside (“Take Seriously, but Don’t Scare,” May 14, 2020) is that studies have shown that “just talking can launch thousand of droplets that can remain suspended in the air for 8 to 14 minutes.” This means that wearing a mask is a protection against spreading the virus to


A Well-Rounded Jewish and Educational Experience

Yigal Gross, in his letter, asked “What Is a Jewish Education?” (May 14, 2020). This is a fair question, but I fear that his answer is not accurate and leads to some problematic conclusions. Mr. Gross sees the Jewish classes as the essence and the secular classes, no matter how excellent, as adjunct, and not part of


On the Invention of the Alphabet

I read the article “The Invention of the Alphabet” (May 14, 2020) with a lot of interest as I always do with Mr. First’s articles. I even preserved this particular one to use as a prop in my Hebrew lectures.

However, there was a very confusing statement


Parshat Bamidbar and Shavuot

Bamidbar prefaces Shavuot with good reason. The gematria of Bamidbar is 248, a remez to the 248 of the 613 positive commandments, encouraging us to take action and prepare. Secondly, this speaking to Moshe in the midbar was the second Sinaic experience, where we were now a nation carrying the Torah among


Be Happy With What You Have

The latest stream of conversations regarding Distenfeld’s well-meaning advice (“A Viral Opportunity,” April 23, 2020) that our community must recognize the pandemic message to cut back on our spending on luxurious weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, vacations, etc., due to the discomfort it may cause to those in the


What Is a Jewish Education?

I applaud Gershon Distenfeld for his thoughtful advocacy for yeshiva day school tuition affordability. (“A Viral Opportunity: Response, Resolution and Revolution,” May 7, 2020) Indeed, making yeshiva day schools affordable should be a communal priority, and achieving it requires reconsidering today’s normative


A Different Perspective

While I applaud Mr. Distenfeld’s efforts in attempting large scale cost reduction (“A Viral Opportunity: Response, Resolution and Revolution,” May 7, 2020), and while he puts forth a few great suggestions as to how we can collectively do our parts to achieve this goal, there is another solution: Move. The last time


Take Seriously, but Don’t Scare

I agree with letter writer Judah Isaacs, that we must take the COVID-19 seriously (“Not Taking This Seriously,” May 7, 2020). But we need not overly terrify and panic people. The CDC does NOT “strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask outdoors.” When one is going outside for a walk and is social distancing, one