by David Breakstone ‘After these things it came to pass that God tested Abraham and said to him, ‘Abraham.’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ And He said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a sacrifice.’” A few days after these verses were recited in synagogues around the world, I had the humbling honor of addressing the annual gathering of the Association of Americans and … [Read more...] about Sanctity and Sacrifice: Binding Isaac on the Zionist Altar
by Dr. Jonathan Woocher Jews have a thing about the future. We gave the world the Messianic concept, the vision of a future in which the world is perfected and peace and justice reign. But, we're also perennially anxious about the future. An updated version of the old telegram joke might go: "What's a Jewish tweet? 'Start worrying; Facebook update follows.'" Historian and philosopher Simon Rawidowicz called Jews "the ever-dying people" because … [Read more...] about The Jewish Future is Now
by Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman I had a conversation with my father over breakfast this morning about fundraising in Israel. My father, Matthew Maryles, who is visiting Israel for the holidays, is currently the CEO of American Friends of Bar Ilan University, responsible for raising considerable sums for both operating costs and capital campaigns of this seminal Israeli institution. This is how he’s spending his “retirement”. In his … [Read more...] about An Idea for Israeli Fundraising
by Dan Perla Here’s a fact many day school parents may find surprising. If you’re paying full tuition at a typical day school in the US, you’re still receiving a scholarship. According to data compiled by YU’s Institute for University-School Partnership, it appears that a majority of day schools in five major U.S. communities charge less in gross tuition than it actually costs them to educate a child. This amounts to a scholarship, or subsidy, … [Read more...] about For Whom the Full (Day School) Tuition Bell Tolls
by Rabbi Daniel Lehmann The untimely death of Steve Jobs, the entrepreneurial innovator and leader of Apple, has prompted me to think about the implications of his incredible success for Jewish education. Steve Jobs captured the imagination and ethos of an entire generation in ways that should be instructive for the sacred activity of Jewish learning. Jonathan Woocher, Chief Ideas office at JESNA, recently posted a blog entitled Reinventing … [Read more...] about Steve Jobs, Apple, and Jewish Education: Can we Imagine the I-Thou Phone?