Gil Perl

Judaism and the West

The Legacy of Yaakov and Esav

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה לָהּ שְׁנֵי גוֹיִם בְּבִטְנֵךְ וּשְׁנֵי לְאֻמִּים מִמֵּעַיִךְ יִפָּרֵדוּ וּלְאֹם מִלְאֹם יֶאֱמָץ וְרַב יַעֲבֹד צָעִיר
And the Lord said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two kingdoms will separate from your innards, and one kingdom will become mightier than the other kingdom, and the elder will serve the . . .

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November 20, 2014

The Shabbos After Project

A few years ago, my former student, Immanuel Shalev, described to me some of the more reflective moments he had as a founding member of YU's hit a cappella group, the Maccabeats. He told me about the way in which, at the height of their fame, his group would come to a community for Shabbat and people who hadn't stepped foot in a shul . . .

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October 27, 2014

Kids Who Care

What is most important to you?
A. Achieving at a high level
B. Caring for others
C. Being a happy person

That was the question Harvard Graduate School of Education professors Rick Weissbourd and Stephanie Jones asked of some 10,000 teenagers from 33 different schools across the country over the last 10 years. In June of this past year, in . . .

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October 07, 2014

Imitatio Dei

The Secret Formula for Forgiveness

Click here for the source sheet.

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September 15, 2014

The Right Answer

"We're out."
"No you're not."
"Yes we are."
"But we're at the exit and you're not here."
"We found another one."
"Nice try. There isn't another one. Keep working at it and we'll see you soon!"

With that, the faculty member hung up the phone. A prize had been . . .

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September 05, 2014

Cultivating a Culture of Respect

"How many times have you been complimented for being respectful?"

That was a question I wanted to ask at our school-wide assembly yesterday, but didn't.

The purpose of the assembly was twofold. I wanted our student body to understand that everything we all want to accomplish here - whether we're students or faculty, more . . .

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August 29, 2014

Integrated Jewish Humanities: A Case Study

The "Tikvah" Course at Kohelet Yeshiva High School

For the past three years, I have teamed up with Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Seif to teach an 11th Grade English and Humanities course entitled, “The Individual and Society in History, Philosophy, Jewish Thought and Literature.” Referred to as ‘Tikvah’, the class was initially supported by the Tikvah Fund, whose mission is to “bring forward the serious . . .

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August 06, 2014