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Hot Showers, Signal Detection Theory, and the Advantage of Chavruta Learning

Hot Showers, Signal Detection Theory, and the Advantage of Chavruta Learning

by Rabbi Hartley Perlmutter You are in the shower. It’s been a long day, and nothing could be more relaxing than standing exactly where you are. Two minutes into you shower the phone rings. Do you hear it? Before we answer the question, let’s define some terms. Signal Detection Theory (SDT) is a means of […]

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Does Technology Make Us Better?

Does Technology Make Us Better?

by Mr. Jonathan Parker I was flipping through the new issue of The Atlantic today when I came across this nugget from Ray Kurzweil: “The means of creativity have now been democratized. For example, anyone with an inexpensive high-definition video camera and a personal computer can create a high-quality, full-length motion picture.” Yep. Just as […]

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Empowering to Question: An Idea in Pedagogy

Empowering to Question: An Idea in Pedagogy

by Rabbi Yosef Kurtz When thinking about principles of Jewish education, one need not look further than the Torah for guiding instructions. On Passover we recite a number of times “When your child asks you….you should tell them….”. From these words of the Torah, many sages and contemporary authors point to the importance of questions […]

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Vuja De: Rejecting the Default

Vuja De: Rejecting the Default

by Rabbi Effie Kleinberg I have a question for you: Which internet browser are you using right now to read this reflection? Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome? If you are using Explorer or Safari, you will want to keep reading this; if you are using Chrome or Firefox, you may want to continue […]

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Good Ideas

Good Ideas

by Mrs. Sara Munk On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain played the greatest individual game of basketball in NBA history. Standing 7″1, 275 pounds, his powerful grace on the court was unstoppable. He scored 100 points on that day, a record that will almost definitely never be broken. He made 57% of his field goals […]

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Educating To What?

Educating To What?

by Mr. Hillel Rapp Sal Khan, the founder and primary educator of Khan Academy, in a recent TED Talk posed the following question: Consider a builder who lay the foundation for house. If the surveyor came to assess its quality and noted that it was only 70% complete, would it make any sense if the […]

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