On Teaching: Do No Harm 2

Do No Harm

by Joel Lurie GrishaverJoel Lurie Grishaver

The Chofetz Chayim teaches:

If after giving a situation much thought, a teacher comes to the conclusion that a particular student has a behavioral or learning problems and feels that it will not be possible to deal with the problem without the involvement of the principal, other teachers, or the student’s parents, then the teacher should speak to the necessary parties without delay.



My Story. Your Story. Our Story. 2

Carol Oseran Starin

God created people because God loves stories—Elie Wiesel, The Gates of the Forest

carol starinJonathan Safran Foer wrote that Jews have 6 senses, the usual 5 plus one more—memory. (Everything Is Illuminated).

At this time of year when Jews throughout the world prepare for Pesah we tend to remember the sedarim of our past.

I’ll never forget the seders of my childhood at Nanny and Gramps’ apartment in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Approaching the building we could see that all four floors of windows were steamy. The minute we opened the lobby door, the smell of gefilte fish smacked us in the face. It stunk up the lobby. It surrounded us in the elevator.


Do You Know the Differences in Prayers? Reply

No, you are incorrect!

This version of Sim Shalom comes from Mishkan T’fillah, the siddur of the Reform movement. The change comes in the third line with the words barkeinu, yotzreinu kulanu k’ehad b’or panekha.

sim shalom reform 2

You can check this out yourself. Download the PrayerTech app from  student.prayertech.net and try it out using the user name and password sample. All four versions of Sim Shalom are there. Can you see where the movements have modified the prayer?

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Did you know that PrayerTech supports your prayer needs by allowing you to choose the versions of prayers that meet your school or synagogue’s liturgy. Imagine your students being able to work on the prayers they are studying without having to skip over words that are not in their siddur?

Would you like to learn more about PrayerTech? We continue to offer a webinar for educators that introduces the components of PrayerTech and how it might be used in your schools. Another webinar is a deep dive into the mechanics of setting up a school using PrayerTech. Join us for one of the upcoming webinars. Click here to sign up.