B-B-B-Bad to the Bone?

You gotta hand it to those ancient rabbis--they sure knew how to tackle classroom management. In fact, we read about their nuanced understanding of effective pedagogical techniques each year at the Passover Seder. Forget everything you thought you knew about education. The rabbis had it all figured out: there are simply four kinds of learners--the ...

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That awkward moment…

Over the years, my colleagues and I are constantly asked the question, "Why did you become a cantor?" The best response I ever heard was "So I could have awkward conversations with the person sitting next to me on the plane." It's something that I never envisioned, but whenever I'm a guest at an event, ...

Jewish Mythbusters

We need a Snopes for Jewish life. You know, some kind of site where people can enter "facts" that they know about Judaism to see if they're true. (Maybe we could call it Shnapps.) While we're waiting for such a site to get launched, I'm happy to provide this installment of Jewish Mythbusters--persistent Jewish urban ...

You Will Be Assimilated, Part Deux

During this winter holiday period, it seems to me that we Jews are not the only ones at risk of assimilation and losing our distinct rituals. Our non-Jewish friends are experiencing something like this as well. It seems that Christians have almost completely adopted a uniquely Jewish tradition, which threatens their own observance of Christmas. ...

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