Parents and teachers — in Hebrew, the root word for both is the same: to enlighten. As parents, we fervently hope that our children’s teachers will seek out ways to enlighten our kids. In fact, we not only want them to enlighten their minds toward intellectual success, but we also want them to enlighten their hearts toward their world, G-d, and their internal selves.
On the one hand, I am relieved that all those three-day Yom Tovs are behind me, what with the cooking, cleaning, serving, and mandated family time. On the other hand, there are a lot of fun family and friend times that go with them, not to mention the spiritual elevation that accompanies Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, especially. I want to get back to my “normal” schedule (I am certainly looking forward to my kids finally getting back to school), without losing my sense of being immersed in Judaism and spirituality.
ACT or SAT? It’s an important choice, and confusion often reigns. Standardized tests are by no means the be-all, end-all of the application process, especially as many schools value or are moving toward a more holistic evaluation model, but they can be a great opportunity to help students distinguish themselves. They can help students gain access to honors programs or attain scholarships, and can even allow students to place out of certain intro-level college courses.
Nobody goes out planning to scare their date ... or do they? Could it be they don’t realize how they come across on a date? Could there be a better way to present themselves?
We are currently in the throes of the High Holidays, the time of year set aside for self-introspection and a return to self and G-d. In doing my own preparations for the holidays, I was struck by the challenge of forgiving myself for the things I wished I had not done, and the things I wish I had, so that I could move forward in meaningfully changing my actions. I am not alone.
It’s that time of year in the Jewish community when forgiveness is on everyone’s lips. I don’t know if you remember “The Single” from the first issues of Kol HaBirah, but for a forgiveness-themed entry in the Dating section I thought it was time to sub in for my colleague as *dramatic reveal music*:
Rabbi Horowitz will be in White Oak for Shabbat Nov. 3-4 and will speak Nov. 4 at 8:30 p.m.
Rabbi Yakov Horowitz was a rebbe for 15 years when he began to notice behavior patterns in his students. Educationally, the kids were fed up with learning Gemara and with rebbes. They didn’t enjoy it. They were taught by rote; not in a way they could actually learn. It was boring and antiquated. Further, they didn’t feel emotionally cared for. They were not noticed as individuals or viewed as worthwhile if they couldn’t learn. They were becoming disenfranchised, and worse, disinterested.
This is the second is a series of articles about online resources, especially free resources, that can help in your job search.
Have a question for Rivkie?
I have a dilemma. I come from a family that ranges from Reform to yeshivish. My immediate family is Modern Orthodox, and we want to invite family members to Yom Tov meals, but we know that if we invite them, they will drive to us on the holiday. We want to share the beauty of these holidays with our whole family, but how can we knowingly cause them to drive on the holiday when we would never do so?
GMAT, GRE, NCLEX, LSAT, MCAT, TEAS, DAT… Graduate-level tests can seem like a nebulous alphabet soup of confusion. What do I take? When? How?
I am a 25-year-old man and I am terrified of being single. I am worried I am acting abnormal for my age. I had to work extremely hard for a long period in order to become financially independent, which was not easy because of my humble beginnings and a very long spell of unemployment. The work itself took up so much time that I was unable to participate in singles events in the area.
I have done astrology on the side for more than a year and I would like to use horoscopes to make a marriage connection. Where do I go?
- Picking the Right Email Address and Head Shot
- Look Who’s Coming for Rosh Hashanah Dinner
- Get High on the Holidays
- Our Best Tool
- The Goodbye Blues
- Getting Ahead in the Undergraduate Admissions Game
- Married to a Wimp
- Staying True to Yourself as a Single
- Shadchan Search
- Online Resources for Federal Jobs