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How Do We Tell The Story of Tisha b'Av?

August 10, 2016
By Shalom Orzach

How do we tell the story of Tisha b’Av, the 9th of Av, the date in which the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed? 

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100 Years Later, Herzl’s Message Remains Universal in the Unlikeliest of Places

August 02, 2016
By Michael B. Soberman

Early in June on a sweltering hot day, I met an old friend in Chicago’s southwest neighborhood of North Lawndale. In this neighborhood – once a hub for Jewish inhabitants many years ago – stands the Theodore Herzl School of Excellence, a most unlikely place to find the name of one of the visionaries of Zionism. But there is a story attached to the name of this school – a story that is both insp

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Preserving the Teachings of My Bubby: Shavu'ot

June 06, 2016
By Brett Kopin

Brett Kopin edited a volume in Jewish education for early childhood written by his Bubby, Marvell Ginsburg. This is the fourth post from Brett about his memory of her teachings.

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With All Your Strength

May 18, 2016
By Michael Zeldin

As I am preparing to step down from my positions as Senior National Director of the Schools of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and DeLeT (our credential program preparing teachers for Jewish day schools), I have been thinking about what my colleagues and I have accomplished through the partnerships we have forged

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Her Promise – And Mine: Yom Ha'Shoah, Ha'tikvah, and My Conversation with Mrs. Wagner

May 02, 2016
By Scott Frankel

“I remember one morning when we marched out to work and the orchestra was playing. A full truck of naked young men drove by, with their strong voices singing the Hatikvah, a Zionist anthem, on their way to the crematorium. It was an expression of their defiance in the face of death.”

– Joyce Wagner, A Promise Kept: To Bear Witness, p. 72

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A Nation of Storytellers

April 13, 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 11, 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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