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Testing the Limits

Not only is standardized testing plaguing our schools, driving us to cheat, and making our children sick; it’s completely antithetical to Jewish values

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Slaving Away

On Passover, we recall that Moses was a stranger in a strange land. An illustrated column imagines how the story might sound in a contemporary Israeli classroom.

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Healing

This week’s parasha teaches the importance of helping those cast aside feel more welcome in the Jewish community. A Boston philanthropist and a Tel Aviv musician are both heeding that lesson.

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Something Borrowed

My single mother had set aside a “wedding fund” for me, money to pay for a ceremony and party. But still single at 27, and with school loans mounting, I saw another way to buy myself happiness.

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Against Accountability

In this week’s parasha, Moses stands out as the epitome of accountability. But as teachers all over the country can attest, sometimes what we need is exactly the opposite.

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In With the In Crowd

‘Inclusive’ education—when special-needs students share classrooms with other students—benefits all kids

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Cruel to Be Kind

A haftorah of consolations and expectations

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Long Haul

Some U.S. immigrants to Israel chase both the Zionist dream and an American paycheck

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Sundown: Zionism and the Black Experience

Plus fear vs. hate, hippie art, and a rock ‘n’ roll error

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The Meaning of Life

In elementary school, it’s girls gone vile

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Brandeis President to Step Down

Not as a result of Rose Museum mess, he insists

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Daybreak: Ahmadinejad Still Pissed at Jews

A shul to close, a school to open, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Gates Encourages Arab Arms Race

No ‘Intifada’ in NYC, ugly Croatian soccer chants

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Can Hebrew School Be Saved?

By making it more like other parts of teens’ lives?

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Sundown: Blogger Expected More ‘Inglourious’ Kvetching

Praise, slander, and a grand slam decade

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Suit Dismissed Against Ortho L.I. School Board

Secular parents said board was running district to benefit yeshiva students

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The ‘Nakba’ Catastrophe

Israel bans an Arab word, unwisely

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Sundown: History is the New Evolution

Reality TV, class consciousness, and grace under water

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Target Practice

Jewish kids hone their reasoning skills at a gun-rights lecture

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Sundown: Evolution of Evil

Von Brunn’s descent, school rules, and parking protests

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A Muslim for Scotland

Who thinks Jews should join the party

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Mystery Achievement

The huggy, hilarious little nutball from elsewhere: my daughter

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