education

Does God Make Mistakes?

I have a philosopher for a daughter. Four-year-old philosophers are the best. They ponder life in its most basic terms.

“Hashem (God) makes mistakes sometimes.”

That’s what she said to me at the dinner table one night. It was out of the blue and I was quite taken aback, or maybe caught off guard.

I replied too […]

I Don’t Want My Kids to Hate Muslims

The second intifada broke out when I was a spaced-out little kid, living in Canada. I remember being called in to school-wide assemblies to pray for the safety of our Jewish brethren in Israel. At recess we kids gathered in hushed tones to share horror stories that we had overheard about the scary Arabs. “Arab” […]

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Where Is the Rebbe?

One of the many things I love about Shabbos: I get to sit and read.

This past Shabbos I was sitting on the couch reading “Kfar Chabad,” a compilation of the Rebbe’s letters and talks about the day-to-day operations and development of Kfar Chabad. I managed to read a couple of lines before my very […]

Dear Twelve-Year-Old Me

Dear Twelve-Year-Old Me,

Over the next few years, many people will come speak to you and your classmates about modesty.

Don’t listen to any of them.

Don’t listen to the speakers who tell you that your body needs to be hidden like a valuable object that will be degraded if it’s seen by the wrong eyes. Don’t […]