In a day and age of functionality and productivity, where is the need for beauty or connection? And more importantly, how does Judaism fill that need?
What do we learn from failure? What happens when our dogma — whether scientific or religious — turns out to be wrong?
Too often, preparing students to become bar or bat mitzvah feels like “studying for the test.” And as anyone who has ever “studied for the test” knows, the day after the test, all the information goes in one ear and out the other. Instead, becoming bar or bat mitzvah should truly be about making a transition — namely, from being a child in the Jewish community to becoming an adult. And so as our 13-year-olds grow and develop, and as we celebrate their entrance into the Jewish community, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to teach them skills for life-long learning.