A Reflection of Passover

Reflection, a looking back on our experiences to draw important lessons, is one of the most critical aspects of the process of education. As scholar Laura Joplin expresses beautifully, “it is the reflection process that turns experience into experiential education”. That brings up an interesting question about Passover. The holiday celebrating the exodus from Egypt…

The Theatre of the Absurd

There are events in life that defy our meaning making capacity. Modern philosophers refer to such events as “absurd”. Sometimes they are collective in the greatest sense, like world wars. Other times they are more particular, such as when individuals and communities experience a tragedy. These two kinds can and often do overlap. It is…

Crab Walk

The crab said to his son while he was resting one day “My son, beloved of my soul, straighten your walk, it is crooked Your father is telling you to measure your steps, do not be ridiculed Walk like me and then they will praise you and extol you” And so the son bent his…

Headlights

When driving on a roadtrip in the middle of the night, I become keenly aware of light. Sometimes, when a full moon shines, it doesn’t even feel like night. I can see the road ahead for miles. There is a certain calm and confidence about reaching the destination ahead. On darker nights, it’s a different…

The Road Ahead

As I write this, there is so much uncertainty about the road ahead for our country. In particular, the seeming inability to find common ground and the lack of any shared measure of truth is deeply unsettling. While so much of this is wrapped up in the political processes of this moment, I am reminded…

Tangled Roots

In memory of Errol Gillis (Shaul ben Avraham) z”l Students sit around the table filling out a chart. One or two sit back, staring ahead, wheels turning in their heads then return to writing. Smiles appear on a face here and there. Silence pervades the room. Once they finish, there is palpable energy. Then, they…

One Kick at a Time

Bruce Lee is quoted as saying “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” I once asked a teacher of martial arts about this quote and he explained that what Bruce Lee meant was that the mastery of a single…

The Purpose

“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals…We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is…

“A Time to Build”

For this week’s post, please check out a small piece I wrote for Be’chol Lashon (link below). It is accompanied by two other pieces from some wonderful Jewish educators. I wish you and yours Moadim LeSimha!

Pathfinder

The hills were alight with changing fall foliage. In the background was the sound of water coursing over stones. A faint scent of smoke hung in the air. We had arrived at another fork in the path, by this time well off the main trail. Neither of us had remembered to take a picture of…