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A Nation of Storytellers

April 12, 2016
By Scott Frankel

“The great leaders tell the story of the group. But the greatest of leaders, Moses, taught the group to become a nation of storytellers.”

– Rabbi Sacks, A Nation of Storytellers

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Story-telling, Time-telling: A Reflection on Pesach

April 10, 2016
By Shalom Orzach

Have you ever wondered why we use the term “to tell the time”? In Hebrew, the word for “count” is lispor (לספור), which derives from the same word as “tell” lesaper (לספר). The seven week period that ties Pesach to Shavuot, Sefirat Haomer (ספירת העומר), is not just about counting time; it is about telling time in the way we tell stories.

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A Reflection From Ta'am Yisrael

March 14, 2016
By Ayal Weiner-Kaplow

"The moment we are in a position to affect another human being’s perspectives, we enter into the role of educator."

- Clare Goldwater & Lesley Litman, The Educator: The Power of Teaching, The Power of Learning, The Aleph Bet of Israel Education

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Living Life As An Optimist

March 11, 2016
By Jacob Millner

 “Optimists and pessimists die the same way. They just live differently. I prefer to live as an optimist.”

- Shimon Peres, Newsweek, 2005

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Remembering Ramon: An Interview With Hezi Levy

February 02, 2016

On February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts on board. In addition to the six American astronauts was Ilan Ramon z"l, an Israeli airforce Colonel and Israel's first astronaut. This week we remember Ramon with an an interview with Hezi Levy – a close childhood friend of Ilan's.

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Navigating Multiple Landscapes: Reflecting on An Experience From Nepal on Tu B'shvat

January 01, 2016
By Ayal Weiner-Kaplow
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Playing for Time

December 01, 2015
By Shalom Orzach

There is a well known Talmudic passage in Tractate Shabbat (21b) which relates to Chanukkah. After expounding the technical details of when, how and where to light our chanukkiah, the Rabbis then famously ask "מאי חנוכה" ("What is Chanukkah"?)

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Stamped With Her Voice: Preserving the Teachings of My Bubby

November 01, 2015
By Brett Kopin

A child's stream-of-consciousness was something my Bubby always valued. Her philosophy was that when a child asks a question, any question, it should be answered honestly and seriously – not only because it matters for the child’s development, but because it matters to the child.

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It's (Still) Time To Think Slowly

October 01, 2015
By Jan Katzew

The following is a reposted and updated version of Jan Katzew's original post It's Time To Think Slowly.

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Talking To Children Amidst Difficult Times

October 01, 2015
By Natalie Blitt

The following is a reposted and updated version of Natalie Blitt's Talking To Your Children About The Situation. See this article reposted in Kveller.

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