Gil Perl

Faith in our Future?

Part 2 of 2

Much as my engagement with teens over the past two weeks has strengthened my faith in our community's future, my interaction with adults in our community has, to some degree, shaken it.

It began a little over a week ago at the very same scholar-in-residence weekend referred to in Part 1. In a private conversation, someone . . .

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December 17, 2015

Faith in our Future

Part 1 of 2

Last week as a scholar in residence at Ohab Zedek (OZ) on Manhattan's West Side, I was asked what I thought of the "increasing problem of 'half Shabbos' in our community." The reference, of course, was to a much talked about trend amongst teenagers in the Orthodox world who consider themselves to be Shabbat observant yet . . .

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December 16, 2015

The Sacrifice of Rachel

Our school is heading out for its annual Shabbaton this morning whose theme, this year, is "putting the ME back in meaning." I thought I'd kick it off this morning by sharing a midrash with our students that relates to this week's parshah and which is deeply meaningful for me.

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November 20, 2015

Defining Modern Orthodoxy

The Story Behind the Video

Our Admissions Department sent out this video yesterday as a means of inviting students and parents to our upcoming Open House.

In the hours that have passed since its release we've been inundated with responses and comments via email and social media. Amongst them have been several requests for more information: what . . .

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October 23, 2015

Immigration and the American Jew

Personal Reflections on a Global Crisis

Pope Francis introduced himself to the American people this week by noting that “as the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families.”

While the crowd on White House’s South Lawn responded with rousing applause, the veiled critique was hard to ignore. Much like . . .

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September 24, 2015

The Fear of Old Age

Words of Inspiration for Yom Kippur

These are the words I shared with our students at Kohelet Yeshiva High School as we concluded our kumsitz today and headed home to prepare for Yom Kippur:

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September 22, 2015

Baumol's Disease and the Sustainability of Jewish Day Schools

A white paper released last year by ISM (Independent School Management) entitled "Full Steam Ahead Part 3" unwittingly offers important insight into the particularly thorny problem of Jewish Day School finances.

The paper begins by attributing the fact that the cost of education has, and continues to, outpace inflation to . . .

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July 07, 2015