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I write as an Orthodox Jew, a parent and a teacher. The answer is both simple and complex. First, the money. Yes, public school is cheaper. Can't get around that. Next however is the contention that Jewish schools lack "technology and extra curriculars" -- this is not true for a huge chunk of Jewish schools out there. From teams to clubs and from iPads and ...


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I graduated from public school. My comments are not a result of the caliber of the education or even the environment - my school won national competitions in academic competitions, and was a very clean and safe environment. But I would never think of sending my child to the best public school. 1) - My school (which ended a bit earlier than the schools ...


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The child attending public school knows that his attendance is compulsory, because his parents and the government consider his education of the utmost importance. Together with this comes the recognition that what is really important and essential to his education is taken care of in the school. The child’s instinctive feeling and inference from ...


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Even if there's a decoration that completely covers the schach, if it's placed there merely for decoration, than it isn't a problem, provided that the decorations are within 4 tefachim of the schach (Gemara Sukka 10a, Shulchan Aruch O.C. 627:4) However, this is assuming that they have been placed there for the purpose of decorations, otherwise, even a small ...


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Rav Shlome Wolbe in his sefer זריעה ובניין בחינוך pg. 24 writes, that we do not hit anymore, because of lifnei iver the son might hit back, even at a young age and it also can ruin a relationship. There is an Igros Moshe YD 1:140 which his son Rav Dovid asked. There is also an Igros Moshe YD 4:30:4 which discusses what a rebbi and what a father may do . A ...


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"What is the best way to explain the concept of tzniut to a very young (say first grade) girl without explaining sexuality?" The same way you would explain the concept to anybody else: without explaining sexuality. To quote the esteemed R' Alex: This would have to begin with Micah 6:8: והצנע לכת עם א-להיך, "be tzanua in walking with your G-d" (this is ...


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Yes. Here is a page from Eichlers full of Jewish comic books


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This is indeed a serious issue and has been discussed by many rabbonim. There have been a number of articles on this. Here are a few. Jerusalem - R’ Ovadia Yosef: It Is Forbidden To Expel Children From Yeshiva Rav Ovadiah Yosef explains how he was able to actually turn a boy around before he was expelled. Parshat Vayetzei Vol.10 No.12 Expelling Students ...


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HaRav Eliyahu Mansour just touched on this topic in his derashah on Parashat Noahh 5775 (link): The Hazon Ish (Rav Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, 1878-1953) cautioned that in our times, the decision to expel a student from Yeshiva requires a 23-member Bet Din. According to Halacha, life-and-death cases cannot be brought before a standard, three-member court; ...


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This is from the Mishna Brurah 98:3 who quotes the Shla Hakodosh: ג) בניו הקטנים - בשל"ה קורא תגר על המביאים ילדים לבהכ"נ והיינו קטנים שעדיין לא הגיעו לחינוך מטעם כי הילדים משחקים ומרקדים בבהכ"נ ומחללים קדושת בהכ"נ וגם מבלבלים דעת המתפללים ועוד גם כי יזקינו לא יסוקו ממנהגם הרע אשר נתחנכו בילדותם להשתגע ולבזות קדושת בהכ"נ אבל כשהגיעו לחינוך אדרבה יביאנו אתו ...


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Rambam, laws of Torah Teaching, Chapter 4: ד,ז [ה] לא יהיה התלמיד בוש מחבריו שלמדו מפעם ראשונה או שנייה, והוא לא למד אלא אחר כמה פעמים: שאם נתבייש מדבר זה--נמצא נכנס ויוצא לבית המדרש, והוא אינו למד כלום. לפיכך אמרו חכמים הראשונים, אין הביישן למד, ולא הקפדן מלמד. ד,ח במה דברים אמורים, בזמן שלא הבינו התלמידים הדבר מפני עומקו, או מפני דעתן שהיא ...


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There's a really great website called: http://kehuna.org/ that contains a lot of materials online. There is another organisation in Israel called the Temple Institute http://www.templeinstitute.org/ They are extremely right wing, and regularly promote Jews going to pray on the Temple Mount, which most Rabbanim don't allow. They have prepared many Kelim for ...


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My suggestions are: Planting & Building in Education: Raising a Jewish Child Hardcover by Shlomo Wolbe extract from the Amazon blurb, “The author is one of the foremost spiritual leaders of our time. This book presents basic guidelines for parenting and education. The wisdom fills a great need for our generation and Rabbi Wolbe's vital ...


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Is one allowed to study other religions? Mishne Tora, Avoda Zara 2:2 says the study of books on how to worship idols, written by their worshipers, is forbidden. Beyond that I don't know. If not, how is one supposed to know that Judaism is correct? The premise here seems to be that one cannot know Judaism is correct except by eliminating other ...


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Let's assume you're far down as Cape Town at 33° 55′ 31″ S. Candle lighting on the first day of Chanuka (this year, 5775) at sunset would be at 19:55 and if you wait for night then it's at 20:25. However, one can light as early as Plag HaMincha which will be at 18:25 - that may be the simplest way to get the children involved - light as early as ...


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Rav Yaakov Weinberg, speaking about חושך שבטו שונא בנו (one who spares the rod hates his child), said that this needs to be understood with the caveat that the "rod" means whatever will be effective in disciplining the child, and that if a stern look would suffice then giving a "patch" is being cruel, and if positive reinforcement would work then a stern ...


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Although America is a much more religious country than other developed Western democracies, the typical social atmosphere among young Americans is extremely secular and often anti-religious. Most of American popular culture is devoid of religion and consistently promotes a social liberalism (indeed, often libertinism) that is at odds with the teachings of ...


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Rambam Hilchos Talmud Torah Halacha 4 If a person wants to study Torah and he has a son whom he should teach Torah, his [study] takes priority over [that of] his son. If his son is wiser and a more creative thinker and thus capable of understanding what he studies more than he [himself] is, his son is given priority. Even though his son is ...


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R' Shimon Schwab, "On Being a Friend to Your Children," address at Torah Umesorah, 1990, printed in Selected Speeches (CIS) There is no getting away from it! "Mussar" also derives from the word יסורים and that means, in our case, corporal punishment. Don't get me wrong. I do not mean spanking or caning, which was practiced by some parents and teachers ...


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch writes in that סימן כז - הלכות תלמוד תורה that those who cannot learn should support others who learn. Surely paying for one's son's Torah education qualifies. However, the Kitzur ends by reminding us that no matter how busy and/or unscholarly one is, one should set aside time - every day and night - to learn, for even a few ...


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Songs have helped me, and the children like to catch on to the words. Also teaching them a little about what we are saying in the tefilla, in a way they will understand.


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I recommend Partners with Hashem, written by a Jewish therapist. It goes through several scenarios that are very practical, although as with all books from therapists, it dwells on the kind of extreme situations that end up in therapy. For a more traditional source, you could try The Principles of Education and Guidance by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe.


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I am reading a book called The Joy of Educating Children. It is taken from writings of R' Hirsch. So far, it is what it claims to be - A practical guide for Jewish parents. I haven't finished it, and even when I have I won't be able to tell you if it worked or not for a few decades, but so far I'd recommend it.


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B"H If Torah is alive for you, your students will be enthused. If you teach by rote, if Torah isn't an integral part of your being but an appendage, children (and teens and adult students as well) will feel it. Study pnimiyus HaTorah to stoke that nitzutz within you. (Sefer HaTanya is a great place to start.


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Get to know your students and what excites them and what they are good at. If one student is great with general Jewish knowledge, call on him to answer those kinds of questions. If another loves to read and translate, give him many chances to do so. (not to the exclusion of other students of course). When you call on them for things they are good at, they ...


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Kids love stories, esp. those that involve heroic acts done by other children that are their age. There are numerous books around with this theme. If you can choose a story and embelish or adapt it, even better.


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learning it so deeply that one could be mechadesh ie. come with with your own novellae. We say everyday "v'sen chelkeinu b'sorasecha" R Ahron Kotler was medayek "chelkeinu" our portion, each person has their own portion in torah, and by learning it so deeply, and plumbing its depth, one can make a "kinyan" on his torah. thus by teaching it in a stimulaing ...


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The Rambam (Avodah Zarah 2:2) prohibits studying from the works of Avodah Zara (and other forms of heresy), and this is codified in the Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 139). Rav Moshe Feinstein (Yoreh Deah 2:53) says that one is allowed to study religions that no longer exist, as in ancient mythologies, because everyone today knows how foolish they are. I've ...


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I have seen this done in two ways. First, in one Orthodox school I know of, teachers explain that we are all in Hashem's "army" (I know, many hate war metaphors) whose job it is to do mitzvos, and that we all have a uniform we wear. Boys wear a kippah and tzitzis as their uniform, and girls dress tznius as their uniform. The issue of war metaphors aside, I ...


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Rabbi Moshe Eisemann in his book Of Parents and Penguins classifies the role of parents based on a Talmudic story in which Bartenura (wife of Rebbi Meir) tells him of the passing of their children with an analogy that a depositer came to take back his deposit. Based on this, Rabbi Eisemann develops the idea that the role of parents in Judaism is ...



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