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I’m Heading a Fundraising Campaign for a School

Dear Rabbi and Susan, I’m spearheading the most important fundraiser for my daughter’s school as I write. I’m an entrepreneur and a salesman, so I enjoy using my skills in order to assure that my daughter and her friends have a proper Jewish education. My question is as follows. While I hate rejection, losing a...

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Testing Accommodation

Though I am more than a few years removed from high school, I still receive—via email—copies of my alma mater’s student newspaper. A recent edition gave me pause. It contained an article describing changes to the school’s policies about how examinations were to be administered. My school was highly academic, a feature that I didn’t...

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Rekindling Patriotism

A long-time Cuban immigrant to the United States, Martin Gurri, wrote a stirring paean to his adopted country for the nation’s 247th birthday. He poured out his gratitude for being an American and explained why America is truly exceptional. There was one fly in the ointment. Mentioning his 5-year-old grandson, he wrote that this child...

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Vacuous Vacation or Summer Holiday

Marrying a man born and raised in the British Empire, who speaks the “authentic” English, expanded my vocabulary. While some words, like queue, made it into my daily speech, others, like bonnet for the hood of the car, never did. But there is one British word that I have gladly adopted, and think is much...

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I’m Dealing With Anti-Semitism

Dear Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin, I am having trouble navigating university as an Orthodox Jew. I grew up in a small town with almost no Jews and dealt with a lot of nasty anti-Semitic remarks as a child. Eventually, I found my way to religion during my college years. Now, in a post-BA program,...

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Coeducation or Single-Sex Schools?

Dear Rabbi and Susan, Co-education, meaning girls and boys taught together in one school depends on societies. I think that it is useful educationally because boys will be more serious because girls in the general like to be serious. The girls’ devotion to studying inspires the boys. Also it helps more cooperation and understanding among...

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Uncovering the School Cover-Up

Jason Gay is a talented writer and, despite a general apathy about  the topic, I sometimes do read his sports columns for the Wall Street Journal. His words are clear and witty, unexpectedly enticing me to spend a few minutes on matters of baseball, football and basketball. Mr. Gay also writes on family issues and...

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The Not-Straight-A Report Card

It is the end of the school year, which means that scores of children are bringing their final report cards home to their parents.  While one hopes that the image of the stern father overlooking the many ‘A’ s while focusing on the lone ‘C’ is apocryphal, there is no denying the myriad subjects in...

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Let Anthropologie Run Local Schools

Our local government schools had a late starting time today due to inclement weather. There had to be at least an 1/8 of an inch on our lawn this morning! Here’s an idea. I have no clue what the most popular mall stores are with children and teens, but how about linking school closings to

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Should I go into massage therapy for my career?

Question: I am a seventeen-year-old young man and I am looking towards going into Massage Therapy to, as you surely would put it, “Serve your fellow man and make money in the process.”. I’ve already participated in a class on it and completed the course. Until I can get licensed, I work for tips since...

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