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Friday, April 15, 2005


Can you name two teachers who made an important, lasting impact in your life. (You must answer immediately. If the names do not pop into your head instantly, chances are they did not make such an impact).

Yael Unterman asks this question in her indispenable essay, "'If You Seek Him With All Your Heart': Nurturing Total Individual Growth in Yeshivah".

My older son could name only his twelfth grade Rebbe but my older daughter was fortunate to have two such role models in high school. Sadly, neither I nor MHW could name even one.

So many opportunities are lost if a high school student does not have a close personal relationship with a dynamic rebbe or teacher.


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