Gil Perl

Gedolim, Revisited

We had the pleasure of hosting Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff as part of our Kohelet Beit Midrash Scholar Series last Shabbat (next up: Marc Shapiro, Jeffery Woolf, Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Malka Simkovich, Shani Taragin and Malka Binah...). Dr. Eleff's keynote address following davening Shabbat morning explored the "Gedolim culture" of . . .

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February 16, 2017

A Tribute to a Man I Never Met

I began my talk at the Young Israel of Teaneck last Friday night with a story of a visit I once made to Briarcrest Christian Academy when I was Head of School of the Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis, TN.  After the talk was over, several people lined up to ask questions or share a thought spurred by the lecture.  One of them, . . .

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February 06, 2017

The Work That Lies Ahead

Modern Orthodoxy and Our New Reality

Last week, as our high school launched an integration day in which all classes, in all subject areas, focused on various aspects of the election, I shared the following thoughts with our students.  

Now that the voters have spoken their mind, it is crtitical that we remind ourselves about the work that lies ahead. . . .

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November 09, 2016

Yom Tov Sheni

A Study in the Denominational Divide

Jon had been at the firm for a little more than two months when he realized the time had come for that dreaded conversation.  He had been pushing it off and pushing it off, but it was now early September and he simply couldn't push it off any more.  So he summoned his last bit of courage, steeled himself, and headed down the hall to . . .

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October 23, 2016

Focusing Forward

An Ambitious Agenda for Modern Orthodoxy

The current edition of Jewish Action Magazine (Fall, 2016) contains my review of the recently published collection of essays entitled Torah and Western Thought: Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity.  As I note in the piece, I believe this volume can help advance the much needed conversation . . .

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September 21, 2016

Modern Orthodoxy and the American Dream

The following article is based on a presentation given at Yeshiva University's Championsgate Leadership Conference in July, 2016.


In the increasingly fractionated world of American politics, the search for common ground seems ever more elusive.  However, if we drown out the bickering for just a moment and set aside the . . .

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September 02, 2016

Principles of Pedagogy

I'm excited to share with you my first foray into the world of podcasting.  

The idea came about as part of our planning for teacher professional development at Yeshiva Lab School. Taking a page from the contemporary classroom, we decided to "flip" our teacher induction this year by providing our new faculty . . .

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July 08, 2016