The Mitzvos as Tachlis: Enthusiasm in Avodas Hashem

When Yanki was asked by his Rebbe to say a brocha before eating an apple, Yanki obliged, but his brocha was barely audible. The Rebbe called Yanki over and urged him to say the brocha next time with more enthusiasm. One of the older boys, who had overheard the conversation, responded by saying that even… Continue reading The Mitzvos as Tachlis: Enthusiasm in Avodas Hashem

Effective Reproof

Our parsha begins with "אלה הדברים אשר דבר משה…" ("these are the words which Moshe spoke…") which includes in it the fundamentals of giving reproof. An analysis of this posuk and its extensions will give us some guidelines on how to give effective reproof to our children and students. "אלה הדברים" – ("these words") This… Continue reading Effective Reproof

Immature Expression vs. Inner Feelings

Children criticize, complain, ridicule, get angry, are intolerant and embarrass. However, these modes of expression do not necessarily reflect their true feelings and desires. Their state of immaturity prevents them from speaking and acting in accordance with their inner selves. Children’s yetzer hora urges them to search for faults in others, especially in their teachers.… Continue reading Immature Expression vs. Inner Feelings

How to Captain a Class

The first thing a Rebbe/teacher needs to know before he enters the classroom is that he is not "simply" a teacher of a group of students but a leader of that group, or, as our title suggests, the captain of a ship, or in this case, a class. The ba’alei mussar explain that in order… Continue reading How to Captain a Class

Warning Signs

Warning signs are Hashem’s way of telling us to beware or to be alert. There are many different types of warning signs, some given on a national level and some on a personal level. As our column focuses on education, we will, be"H, concentrate on those signs seen in the speech, look or actions of… Continue reading Warning Signs

Achdus in the Classroom

Every class is made up of a myriad of individuals whose behavior fluctuates incessantly between individual expression and submissivness to group standards . No positive individual expression should be neglected, but in order for a class and its students to maximize their success, they need to maximize the behavior which creates an aura of achdus… Continue reading Achdus in the Classroom

The Torah Teacher’s Manual V

In continuation of last week’s article, we will discuss pesukim dealing with the lighting of the Menorah. As a reminder, the lighting of the Menorah alludes to Torah, for the Torah is compared to oil. Just as oil lights up its physical surroundings, so too, Torah enlightens a person—student—with spiritual awareness. (Devorim Rabba 7:3. See… Continue reading The Torah Teacher’s Manual V

Effective Reproof

"Rules are made to be broken", says an old adage. In the context of child education, what does this saying mean? One of the fundamental responsibilities of a teacher and parent is to make rules, give guidelines and offer clear borders to children. This, in order to help each child use his abilities and characteristics… Continue reading Effective Reproof