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Why I’m Not Inviting You to a Webinar

Published in Ayeka by Michal Fox Smart
Posted on March 29, 2020

My kids are home. Even an adult child I thought would never live at home again is home. Yesterday, we spent 8 hours in the house, each of us in zoom meetings on 4 different devices, unable to say a word to each other let alone bake a cake—all in the name of staying connected. Continue Reading »

Ahava Yomit (Daily Love)

Published in Ayeka by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on January 23, 2020

I want to teach two truths that we all know:  What we need most in life is love. We feel best about ourselves when we are loving human beings. I’m not talking about crazy wild romantic love (though that is also important) ― I’m talking about everyday love. Loving behavior expressed in words and acts Continue Reading »

The Other Other Other Hand

Published in Ayeka by Jeff Amshalem, Ayeka Senior Educator
Posted on December 22, 2019

One of my favorite teachings on Hanukkah comes from Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Barditshov, known as the Kedushas Levi. Here is a very abridged version. Unlike the Exodus from Egypt, which God in His great mercy performed without arousal from below, in the case of Hanukkah there was some help from below, in that the Continue Reading »

Book Review: A New Guide to Prayer

Published in Jerusalem Post by Rivkah Lambert Adler
Posted on December 5, 2019

In our library, we have many books about Jewish prayer. Some are about the history of prayers – who wrote them and when they became part of the Jewish prayer book. Some are meant to reveal the deeper meanings of Jewish prayers and what secrets are encoded in the Hebrew words. Some focus on what Continue Reading »

The Holy Guest List

Published in Ayeka by Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer, Ayeka Senior Educator
Posted on October 12, 2019

The intense hours of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are behind us; days are cooler, evenings come earlier. Sukkot arrives and leads us to the door — to dwell outside, in a makeshift home, with a roof so flimsy it might easily blow away. Exposed to the elements, outside of our daily comfort zones, we Continue Reading »

Balancing Two Truths Requires Honoring Two Voices

Published in Mayberg Foundation Blog by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on October 7, 2019

I have a new hero, and it’s a bit embarrassing. Embarrassing to admit that I’ve studied and taught this character for decades and always assumed he was the anti-hero, the person we shouldn’t become, the epitome of someone who was impelled by a mistaken zeal to lead a mistaken life. My anti-hero has become heroic. Continue Reading »

New Ayeka Video!

Published in Youtube by Ayeka
Posted on August 7, 2019

Rethinking Tisha B’Av

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on August 7, 2019

When I heard her compliment, I said to myself, incredulously: “Me?! If she really knew me, she wouldn’t have said that.” And just like that -I became a grasshopper. According to the midrash, the spies returned from checking out the Land of Israel on the 9th of Av. Standing in front of the nation, they argued against entering Continue Reading »

Lessons from the Field: Ayeka’s Professional Development of Educators

Published in Jim Joseph Foundation Blog by Michal Fox Smart
Posted on July 15, 2019

At Ayeka, we believe that Jewish education must be broadened to engage the whole student in his or her uniqueness: mind, body, heart, and imagination.  Only when students personally connect with the material will they find it truly meaningful. We partner with six day schools of different denominations across the country to train teachers in our Continue Reading »

Bringing Kabbalah into Our Educational Syllabus

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on June 5, 2019

An educational consultant recently told me that teachers often teach what they feel most comfortable teaching, and not necessarily what their students need to learn. I know I was guilty of this for many years, though I always rationalized to myself that what I was doing was for the well-being of my students. I think Continue Reading »