Derasha for the 1st Day of Rosh Hashanah, 5779
As one makes their way through the halakhot pertaining to the days and weeks leading up to this moment, a curious creature raises his ugly head time and again. He is one that we, living in the Modern world as we do, don’t often give much credence to and - if we do - we might well dismiss him as a Christian concept foreign to our . . .
A Religious Zionist Perspective on Yom Ha'atzmaut
Following an incredibly inspiring communal tekes Yom HaZikaron last night followed by a ruach-filled tefillah chagigit in our Beit Midrash last night, and a spirited tefillah this morning, I took a few minutes out to try and place everything we were doing for Yom Ha'atzmaut in context.
As an institution and as a community we are . . .
An Armchair Conversation with Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University
It was an honor and a privilege to host Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman this evening as part of our Kohelet Yeshiva Beit Midrash and to engage him in a public conversation about where our community is headed. Over the course of an hour we touched on issues ranging from the relationship between the Modern Orthodox community in the United States and . . .
Jewish Day Schools and the future of Education Reform
In a recent Op-Ed for the New York Jewish Week I argued that the focus of Education Reform ought to shift from specific teaching techniques and classroom protocols to the harnessing of cognitive science and data science for the sake of improving learning. In doing so I called for the Jewish community to marshal its resources in both . . .
I received quite a few thoughtful responses to my article on Postmodern Orthodoxy last week and read though many more that were posted online. The conversations were healthy ones and I hope that we, as a community, can continue to challenge each other li-shem shamayim.
One very incisive and insightful email I received, came . . .
Personal Reflections on Engaging Millennials
This past summer I was invited by the RCA to join a panel at their annual convention aimed at addressing the challenge of engaging Millennials in Orthodox shuls. Two weeks ago, I was invited by the Orthodox Union to join a group of school, shul, and youth leaders in a conversation about the religious state of our yeshiva high school . . .
An approach to "hard" halakhot
Two years ago on the Friday preceding Parshat Tazria-Metzora, I used the weekly Parshat HaShavua slot at Kohelet Yeshiva High School to lay out an approach to seemingly "hard" halakhot. I challenged our students to ask two questions each time they hit up against a halakha or a set of halakhot that strike them as difficult, . . .