Sunday, April 30

Jewish Action Pesach

The new Jewish Action is online here.
See especially the forum on Religious Zionism.

Also check out the new OU website.

Wednesday, April 26

Museum of Psalms

The online Museum of Psalms has 150 paintings corresponding to each chapter of Tehillim, with an explanation of the connection between art and text.
Click here (then clcik on "Permanent Exhinition" link at top left).

Tuesday, April 25


The Jewish Observer's recent "Kids at Risk" double issue is now online here.

Monday, April 24

Hilkhot Teacher's Room

Rav Moshe Feinstein zt"l has a well-known teshuvah (Igrot Moshe, Yoreh Deah, vol. 3, #71) dealing with issues of schooling. Its most quoted passage states that a student may be expelled from a day school if he is a very negative influence on other pupils. He also attacks the "good time" mentality pervasive in modern culture.
Toward the end, he makes a fascinating point about the way the principal and staff ought to interact, and the degree to which positive collegial relations impact on the success of the whole educational enterprise.

Click here (see highlighting).

Sunday, April 23

Yom HaShoah

Holocaust Education in Yeshiva High Schools:
A Model for Teaching Kol Dodi Dofek

This project advances a model for a unit on Holocaust education in yeshiva high schools in North America. Using Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Kol Dodi Dofek, Shoshanna Lockshin suggests ways that yeshiva high schools might develop an integrated curriculum for Holocaust education to offer students a safe outlet for asking and coping with difficult questions of good, evil and faith.
Download here...

Thursday, April 20

Kook Book Sale

The Mossad HaRav Kook book sale -- with its renowned, fabulous savings -- will run this year from April 20-28.
For the first time ever, you can phone in your order, and have it shipped anywhere in Israel (except Jerusalem).
Download the catalog here (PDF).

Tuesday, April 11

The Annoying Son

Rabbi Akiva also spoke of the annoying son, who, while our ancestors wandered in the desert for decades, would ask repeatedly, "Are we there yet?" To him, after being plagued with the question 10 times, it was permissible for his parents to say, "What do you mean 'we'?"

A little pre-Pesach humor...

Monday, April 10

Pesach Prison?

Watch this clip, then find out how to clean for Pesach in a reasonable amount of time...
Rav Sheinberg's "Clean For Pesach & Enjoy The Seder"
Rav Aviner's "What Not To Clean For Pesach"

Sunday, April 9

Mechirat Chametz

You really can sell/buy anything on ebay...

60-Second Haggadah

However, kol ha-marbeh, harei zeh meshubach....
Click here.

Thursday, April 6

Spiritual SAR Sparks

SAR Elementary School ran a great workshop for parents to help them enhance the Pesach Seder.
Click here to watch the video (about an hour long) and here to download the accompanying booklet.

Wednesday, April 5

R. Soloveitchik Pesach Guides

From our ATUDA program, we present two teaching and study guides related to Rabbi Soloveitchik's Pesach Torah...

A Guide to Rabbi Soloveitchik’s
"Mizvat Keriyat Shema u-Zekhirat Yezi’at Mizrayim"

by Naftali Balanson
This is a teaching guide to Rav Soloveitchik’s "Mizvat Keriyat Shema u-Zekhirat Yezi’at Mizrayim," the opening essay of his Shi’urim le-Zekher Abba Mari. The guide contains two suggested lessons for high school classes; the first is geared towards a traditional Gemara shiur, while the second is an innovative attempt to access philosophical ideas that originate in halakhah. As such, Rav Soloveitchik’s lomdut is utilized as the culmination of in-depth study of a sugya in Massekhet Berakhot, in one case, and as a springboard for exploring his own philosophic writings, in the other. Through these lessons, students can gain a firmer grasp on Keriyat Shema, its third paragraph, and their implications in the world of halakhah, hashkafah, and tefillah.

The Educational Experience of Sippur Yezi’at Mizrayim

by Benjamin Zimmerman
This project presents, based on Rav Soloveitchik's analysis, the Passover Seder as the Torah teacher's manual for successfully transmitting the Jewish heritage to children. The paper delineates many of the educational tenets set forth in the Seder and how they can be incorporated into a yearly curriculum. Numerous nuances of the Seder night come alive, through the penetrating comments of the Rav, as educational insights with pedagogical wisdom. Hopefully, delineating the Seder’s educational message and methodology will help achieve its realization in all forums of Jewish education throughout the year.

Tuesday, April 4

The Kiruv Debates

Our friend Uri Cohen draws our attention to two articles -- each advocating a polar extreme in Jewish outreach: make 'em smile vs. make 'em sweat.

Monday, April 3

Caption Contest

The New Yorker wants your best caption for this unusual school scene.

Click here to enter. (Deadline: 11:59 P.M. E.S.T. on April 9, 2006.)

Sunday, April 2

Vort Roots

Balashon is running a series of etymological vortlach for the Seder.
As always, it should prove interesting.