Education is not just learning the skills to make a living; it is learning to understand life itself.
Perhaps the greatest influence over one’s life is one’s education. Unlike genes, circumstance, or looks, education is pretty much something under our control. So how come no one can agree on what the ideal education looks like? Should there be G-d in the classroom? Should there be classrooms? Are schools providing us with the most important tools for us to experience life? Bottom line: Is a school meant to teach our children (and us) how to make a few bucks or how to make a difference?
Listen to Rabbi Simon Jacobson’s talk to the High School students in a new effort to acknowledge mental health issues affecting our community and download the exercises.Read More
Are you responsible to repress your opinion if it may offend others? In a culture where trigger warnings, safe spaces, and social-media outrage have become part of the common parlance, it can be hard to discern what your responsibility for another person’s reaction is. Is there an absolute guideline?Read More
The word “Chanukah” comes from the word chinuch, which means “initiation.” Chanukah celebrates the renewal of the service in the Holy Temple after it was liberated from the Greek defiler, purified, and rededicated as the seat of G-d’s manifest presence in our world.Read More