Gil Perl

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

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


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