Allen: Aron, I still remember meeting your friend who was saddled with the unenviable task of teaching public school Jews Hebrew spelling. Hopefully he’s by now recovered from the diatribe he received at our place. You and I both argued at the time that Hebrew schools make a serious mistake in devoting fruitless hours to language drilling… Read More The Half-Dead Language
Aron: Had our great-great-great-grandfathers been asked by their children, “What’s God?”, they would likely have responded, “God created the heavens and the earth.” If they had been asked why we pray, they’d probably have responded, “To ask, praise, or thank our Creator.” If they’d been asked why they kept kosher, I assume they’d have said,… Read More What About the Children?
Allen: The de facto segregation of the New York City public schools is a moral embarrassment. Consider some statistics. White children are underrepresented by 200% in city schools. Of those whites who do attend public school, more than half are concentrated within 7% of classrooms. Two-thirds of black students attend schools that with less than ten percent… Read More Jews in the Public Schools
Allen: Our society’s recently undergone a momentous transfer of power representing an abrupt shift from the longtime norms of democratic leadership. I’m referring, of course, to the new director of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, Rabbi Ethan Linden. I’ve heard only good things, though you and I are both a bit removed from the camp scene… Read More Camp Ramah: The First 100 Days