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Spiritual Growth for Jews

Factors in Choosing a Mesivta

A BBT practical advice classic. Factors in Choosing a Mesivta for Your Son – Part 1 Factors in Choosing a Mesivta for Your Son – Part 2 Here’s an excerpt: Right Level of Learning It is important to choose a school which is a close fit to your son’s level of learning. Boys’ yeshiva high […]

Filling Our Higher Walls With a Meaningful Relationship with Hashem

By YMG Building “higher walls” is a hishtadus implemented in many communities in Klal Yisroel. It’s a hishtadlus that many FFB’s and BT’s put a good deal of their precious trust in to keep their kids on the derech. But, no hishtadlus, however worthy, can “make” anything happen or guarantee a result. G-d alone made, […]

Ten Ways to Inspire Our Children

By Rabbi Shaya Cohen I. Make sure that all Torah learning is exciting, stimulating, and interactive. II. Make sure that they realize that t’filah is to inspire in us a greater appreciation of Hashem, develop a closer relationship with Him, and trust Him, and through that process be able to receive the benefits we want […]

Important New Children’s Book – Let’s Stay Pure

We have learned that blockages in our bodies are the root cause of disease. Detoxification, the removal of blockages is the basic cure for disease. And never accumulating blockages in the first place, is the healthiest and most flowing state for our bodies to be in of all. Our bodies parallel our souls, and the […]

An Open Letter to Teachers before School Starts

Dear Rabbi and Morah, Hi and thank you for taking on the challenge of teaching my child this year. I am entrusting you with a precious gift that Hashem gave given my family and I know that you will do your best to help my child grow and reach his/her potential. I know that your […]

Why I Write Jewish Books for Little Children

OK, so I act like a child sometimes. But that’s because a lot of me remains child-like, and I really want those aspects to continue right along with me. There is a gigantic sense of wonder about the world, for instance, that doesn’t seem to be decreasing at all. And a delight in simple things […]

Do You Share Your Past With Your Children?

Do you share your past with your children? At what age? What types of information? If yes, why do you think it’s a good idea? If no, why do you think it’s a bad idea?

Keep Our Children Safe

I am pleased to inform you of a Project YES, “Keep Our Children Safe” initiative designed to raise awareness among parents in our community about the importance of speaking to your children about safety and personal space—in order to protect them from child abuse and molestation. Advertisement: The workshops will be practical in nature and […]

Mission Accomplished (although I am not wearing an air force jumpsuit)

Dear Beyond Teshuva Readers: It has been far too long since I have posted on this website, but I do visit the site regularly and I am proud to have had a small part in facilitating the rich and meaningful discussions on Beyond Teshuva a number of years ago when Mark and David were launching […]

A Roadmap for Torah Chinuch

By: Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan A parent in our community, who had consulted with me over the past several years concerning the chinuch of his children, recently informed me that he pulled his children out of our local schools and chose to “home-school” them instead. When I expressed my shock over his decision, a story of […]

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