Hedgehogs, Foxes, and the Future of Modern Orthodoxy
A Response to the Responses
It's been deeply gratifying to see and hear some of the thoughtful responses to my essay on the need for a Modern Orthodox Hedgehog Concept (pt. 1, pt. 2, Op-Ed 1, Op-Ed 2). I wanted to briefly address a few pieces of feedback that made their way back to me in different forms, as I believe that they help sharpen the argument I was . . .
A Shul is Reborn
Burned to the ground on Kristallnacht, the Meiningen Synagogue emerges from the rubble 71 years later
Two years after fleeing Nazi Germany as a fourteen year-old boy, Dieter Gruen learned that the beautiful synagogue in which he had had his bar mitzvah, and in which his father had been a cantor, had been burned to the ground. Though the young Dieter had safely reached the shores of the United States, the rest of his family was still . . .
Torahs from a Mole
Inspiration from the life of Mr. Ira Lipman, z"l
Unlike most other Yeshivot, at Kohelet we've had a longstanding tradition of having school on the morning of Erev Yom Kippur in order to help set the mood and frame of mind for our kids before entering into one of the most important - yet difficult - days for any Jewish teen.
Here is link to a clip of our high school "slow . . .
A Call for Clarity
Derashah for the 2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah 5780
In speaking last spring with Ha-Rav Moshe Lichtenstein, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion, I mentioned to him that we were planning a 20th anniversary trip to Italy over the summer. He then informed me that his father and my teacher, Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, ztz”l, had also taken an anniversary trip to Italy with his wife Tovah. . . .
Rebellious Jewish Women
Derashah for the 1st Day of Rosh Hashanah 5780
Rebellious Jewish women are hard to escape. Or, at least they are today.
The first one we encounter is Sarah who in this morning’s Torah reading has an uneasy feeling about the environment in which she is raising her son Yitzchak and the influence of his half-brother Yishmael. When she decides to take . . .
From Lithuania to Lakewood: A Response to American Anti-Semitism
Talk of the relationship between the Jewish community and their non-Jewish neighbors in the United States today almost exclusively centers on the growing threat of American anti-semitism. Depending on the geographic location, religious affiliation, and political leanings of the particular community, the focus may be on the rise of . . .
What vs. Why: Teaching Self-Awareness
A lesson in metacognition
One of our core Learning Principles at Kohelet Yeshiva Lab School and Kohelet Yeshiva Middle School is that "Self Reflection Fuels Progress." In educational terms, it refers to the importance of metacognition in the learning process. Like all other cognitive tasks, however, metacognition or self-reflection is not something we can . . .