Gil Perl

Kids Who Care

What is most important to you?
A. Achieving at a high level
B. Caring for others
C. Being a happy person

That was the question Harvard Graduate School of Education professors Rick Weissbourd and Stephanie Jones asked of some 10,000 teenagers from 33 different schools across the country over the last 10 years. In June of . . .

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October 07, 2014

Imitatio Dei

The Secret Formula for Forgiveness

Click here for the source sheet.

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September 15, 2014

The Right Answer

"We're out."
"No you're not."
"Yes we are."
"But we're at the exit and you're not here."
"We found another one."
"Nice try. There isn't another one. Keep working at it and we'll see you soon!"

With that, the faculty member hung up . . .

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September 05, 2014

Cultivating a Culture of Respect

"How many times have you been complimented for being respectful?"

That was a question I wanted to ask at our school-wide assembly yesterday, but didn't.

The purpose of the assembly was twofold. I wanted our student body to understand that everything we all want to accomplish here - whether we're students . . .

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August 29, 2014

Integrated Jewish Humanities: A Case Study

The "Tikvah" Course at Kohelet Yeshiva High School

For the past three years, I have teamed up with Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Seif to teach an 11th Grade English and Humanities course entitled, “The Individual and Society in History, Philosophy, Jewish Thought and Literature.” Referred to as ‘Tikvah’, the class was initially supported by the Tikvah Fund, whose mission is to “bring forward the serious . . .

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August 06, 2014

When Nations Won't See the Light

The frustration is overwhelming. No nation on Earth goes to the lengths that Israel does to preserve human life, to avoid undue casualties, and to protect the dignity of those who wish to destroy her. No nation on Earth would drop leaflets before they attacked, call homes harboring combatants before destroying them, or treat those who were . . .

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July 31, 2014

Lessons Learned

Reflections on Seven Years in the South

My wife and I were deeply touched and genuinely honored by the tribute paid to us by the leadership of the Margolin Hebrew Academy at their annual Scholarship Banquet last week. I was asked to share some words of farewell after the presentation and I began by noting that of all of the wonderful things we accomplished together over the last . . .

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July 01, 2014


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