Friday, April 22

Chag Kasher ve-Sameakh

Lamed wishes its readers a Chag Kasher ve-Sameakh.
We'll return to regular scheduled programming after Pesach.

Thursday, April 21

Teacher Induction and Mentoring

Questions related to teacher recruitment, performance, and retention are critical to our current emphasis on school accountability. Without well-prepared teachers who remain in the profession, schools will have difficulty in meeting the demands of the current environment of accountability. Even fully credentialed teachers enter the classroom still in a learning mode. If they do not master their work, they either leave the profession or fail to serve their students well. Consequently, support in the induction years (up to 5 years from entry into the profession) offers promise for improving schools.
Read more...

JPost on Religious Zionism

The Jerusalem Post has two interesting commentaries on the state and direction of Religious Zionism and Modern Orthodoxy.
Click here and here.

(Thanks DC!)

Wednesday, April 20

Influence of Teachers

MOChassid (=Modern Orthodox Chassid; an interesting blog) has an ongoing disucssion (here and here) of the influence (positive and negative) that teachers have on students.

Contains reference and discussion of Yael Unterman's essay from Wisdom From All My Teachers.

Interesting New Blog

ModernOrthodoxWoman.com is an interesting new blog featuring news and analysis, insights and resources relating to women and Judaism.
See especially recent posting on substance abuse and neo-hassidic rock music.

Monday, April 18

JA Online

The new issue of Jewish Action is online.
Of special notice is a review of Learning to Read Midrash by ATID's Simi Peters and essays on home-schooling, kids becoming frummer then their parents, and an already discussed and debated essay on impact of the year in Israel.

Sunday, April 17

Ba'ayat HaTirgum

Hebrew-English translation: Soon you won’t have to know Hebrew at all to consider oneself Jewishly literate--and this is precisely the problem. Hillel Halkin on the problem of kissing through the veil.
It is not only poetry, as Robert Frost once put it, that gets lost in translation; it is the innermost pith of all language, the intimate feel and touch and interrelatedness of words that are never the same when translated. A page of the Mishna or Talmud in English may be a useful aid to studying the same page in the original, but it doesn’t begin to have the original’s flavor. A Jewish culture in translation is a culture that has lost its flavor. It may be better than nothing--any competent translation is--but better-than-nothing is less than a people with a 3,000-year-old tradition in its own language deserves.

Yeah, but isn't it more than that?

Friday, April 15

Spiritual Survey

For some young adults, spirituality goes hand in hand with religious practice. For others, it is a substitute. Regardless, young Americans are actively engaged in spiritual questions, two new surveys indicate, even if they may not be exploring them in traditional ways.
Visit: Spirituality in Higher Education Project

For more, read the AP report...

Thursday, April 14

End of Life

The OU has online essays (and health care proxy forms) about end of life, right to die, etc., issues. No doubt this topic came up in classrooms (orwill come up) in light of recent events.
Click here...

Tuesday, April 12

Lonely Man at 40

This summer marks forty years since the publication of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's monumental The Lonely Man of Faith which appeared originally in Tradition (Summer 1965).

ATID has convened an online symposium gathering reflections and insights by Orthodox educators and communal leaders on what the central ideas contained in The Lonely Man of Faith have meant to them personally. How have those ideas shaped or informed their work as a teacher of Torah or Jewish communal leader? What is the continued relevance of "The Lonely Man of Faith" to contemporary religious life? How have those ideas affected the Jewish community? How might they?

Contributions to the symposium will be uploaded to our website over the coming months--numerous essays have already been "published" to the web. For the Table of Contents, click here.
ATID invites you to write an essay for the symposium. Guidelines to contributors can be found here.

Monday, April 11

Azure Online

The important journal, Azure (=Tekhelet in Hebrew) has a new website--click here.
Of particular note in the current issue is Meir Soloveichik's essay examining and defending matrilineal descent--click here.
(Free registration required.)

Sunday, April 10

Frum Teen Liesure

No disco, less movies, more hikes.
New study looks at use of liesure time among Orthodox Israeli teens.
Click here...

Thursday, April 7

Spirtuality in Education

The newest volume in the Orthodox Forum series has just been released: Jewish Spirituality and Divine Law, edited by Adam Mintz and Lawrence Schiffman. At 534 pages, there's a lot in it, but the section on education (with essays by Erica Brown and Moshe Sokolow) caught our eye.
Click here for details...

Friday, April 1

Student Discipline

TCR asks: Isn’t it time for schools of education to take concerns about student discipline more seriously? Click here...