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Education Blog

Life Is In the Waiting

Published in Ayeka by Debra Shaffer Seeman
Posted on June 5, 2019

I’ve always loved the 49-day countdown (count-Up, really) to Shavuot. The building anticipation towards Matan Torah, eagerly breathing in the blooms adorning homes and synagogues, Yom Tov tastebuds rewarded with blintzes and cheesecake, staying up ‘til first light awaiting the arrival of the Torah. Up until this year, the CountUp has reminded me of the 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 »

Personal Well-Being is not Enough

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on May 28, 2019

Well-being has become the god of today. Everything we do is evaluated in terms of whether it promotes or diminishes our personal well-being. Does our daily routine offer us more health, happiness, and prosperity? Will it maximize our sense of personal satisfaction, diminish stress, and enhance our sense of meaning? Does it detract from or Continue Reading »

Pesach 2019

Published in Ayeka by Debra Shaffer Seeman
Posted on April 28, 2019

For almost 20 years, I’ve been taken by the idea that the Haggadah is constructed as the movement from silence to words to song – the enactment of freedom through the very modality through which we express it. Meaning, at the beginning of the Haggadah, there are no stories, no tales, no history lessons. There Continue Reading »