Adam Dickter's Continuum

Our Selective Outrage

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

It’s safe to say that Bernie Madoff is the most hated man in America today. He deserves every bit of the scorn heaped upon him by the public, and not an ounce of sympathy. 

 

But I’m wondering how many people reading this know the name Terry J. Sedlacek? What about Michael McLenden or Mazeltov Borukhova?

 

Not Just The Prices Were Insane

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

News that a Brooklyn entrepreneur is hoping to revive the Crazy Eddie electronics franchise, reported this week in the NY Post, was of great personal interest to me.

 

Pointless Hatred

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

There is no more cautionary concept in Judaism than that of mitzvah haba b’avera – the act of tainting a good deed by committing a bad deed in the process.

 

I’m sure most halachic decisors would concur that we are not to be judged simply on a system of how many mitzvot we rack up in our lives (like points in a game) but by the manner in which we conduct ourselves and the consideration and thoughtfulness we put into our actions.

 

The OU’s Yeshiva Bailout

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The Jewish Week’s Carolyn Slutsky reports this week on efforts by the Orthodox Union to address the crisis facing yeshivot during the worsening recession. Ideas include starting a national health insurance fund for teachers that, with an estimated 3,000 members, would have a lower premium than most yeshiva plans and wrangling funds for Jewish education via vendors and shul donations.

 

The Anti-Semites Made Him Do It

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Word to the wise: Steer clear of anti-Semitism, or it can turn you into a pimp.

 

At least that’s the claim of Max Brener, the 63-year-old ringleader of the Emperor’s Club VIP prostitution ring that ruined the political career of Eliot Spitzer.

The Day School Crunch

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

It’s all too easy to complain about the cost of tuition, but it’s important to look at both sides of the issue. JTA’s Jacob Berkman has an excellent piece on the angst of yeshivas and day schools as they cope with skyrocketing costs and increasing demand for scholarships.

 

The crisis moved the Orthodox Union to hold a recent seminar to search for solutions.

 

UPDATED: How Will Hebrew Charter Schools Affect Yeshivot?

Monday, January 12th, 2009

The New York State Board of Regents has approved the charter application for the Hebrew Language Academy Charter School, something that is bound to appeal to a great many Jewish parents.

 

The Hebrew Language Academy would initially enroll 150 kids and could eventually rise to some 675 K-8 students, with priority for residents of District 22 in Midwood, Mill Basin and Sheepshead Bay.

 

Notes From A New Public School Parent

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

After all the years my wife and I have carried  the burden of yeshiva tuition, we never thought we’d see the day we pull one of our children out because of an issue not related to money. But sure enough, because of learning issues that were impeding the progress of one of my kids, we decided an unusual mid-year shift was in order.

 

UPDATED: Private School Advocates Slam Gov’s Education Cuts, Launch Phone Campaign

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

New York Governor David Paterson’s proposed budget will slash what many consider to be an already paltry level of taxpayer support for private schools by 41 percent, which has an alliance of private, Jewish and Catholic school advocates up in arms.

 

Invoking the famous Daily News headline about Gerald Ford, Teach-NYS paraphrases Paterson as telling religious and independent schools to “Drop Dead.” 

 

Can Continuity Continue?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

The crisis now unfolding in philanthropy can be seen as nothing less than a volcano eruption that will cause both immediate and long-term destruction to the cause of promoting Jewish identity and continuity.

 

Syndicate content