Gil Perl

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

Gifts for God

Thoughts for Parashat Beha'alotekha

These are the thoughts I shared with our students this morning as the final installment in our weekly parsha series.

Afterward, several kids came up to me to tell me how moved they were. Others wanted to know where they could find the candy...

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June 05, 2015

Judaic Studies for Tomorrow

Over my last few years at the Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis and over the course of this year working with my admin team at Kohelet Yeshiva High School and the educational design team at Yeshiva Lab School, I've had the opportunity to think quite a bit about what we need to be doing in our Judaic Studies classrooms today to best . . .

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May 22, 2015

The Searing Silence

An Appreciation of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, zt"l

The following is the opening of a tribute to Rav Lichtenstein that was published in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent on April 28, 2015.

The Jewish world lost a giant last week. From humble beginnings as a refugee child in New York seeking asylum from Vichy France to last year’s induction into the pantheon of Israel Prize recipients, . . .

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May 01, 2015

Challenging the Paradigm

Reflections on visits to six San Diego area progressive schools

Last week was a whirlwind. I met Mrs. Becky Troodler, the incoming founding principal of Yeshiva Lab School at the San Diego airport and we immediately headed out to the first of six schools we'd be visiting over the next four days. Our goal was simple: get a good look at educational institutions that are challenging what has become the . . .

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March 04, 2015

A Speech to Remember

Tuesday was a busy morning for us here at the Kohelet Yeshiva High School. We were privileged to have both Rav Ari Waxman, Menahel of Yeshivat Sha'alvim, and the Bostoner Rebbe of Yerushalayim join us for davening, both of whom were slated to speak afterward to our students. Little did our students know that the most inspiring speech . . .

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February 12, 2015


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