April 24, 2014

The Rise and Fall of Noach By Rabbi Perry Tirschwell

The Rise and Fall of Noach By Rabbi Perry Tirschwell Sermon at Arzei Darom 5754   All’s well that ends well, or as our rabbis says perhaps more insightfully- Hakol nigrar achar hasof- the way something ends is the way it’s remembered   It’s often true about careers and even people’s entire life story- that [...]

AIPAC, Aid, Aliyah or Apartments What Is Israel’s Proper Place in Our Hearts & Minds? By Rabbi Perry Tirschwell

AIPAC, Aid, Aliyah or Apartments What Is Israel’s Proper Place in Our Hearts & Minds?   By Rabbi Perry Tirschwell   The celebrated Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua believes that in the age of the modern State of Israel, Jews who live in the diaspora are not full Jews. Former Israeli Minister Yossi Beilin suggested a [...]

Every Student is Special by Perry Tirschwell

   Perry Tirschwell   Should a school have a dean’s list, honor society, class ranking and a valedictorian?   Our school’s philosophy is that every student is unique, and must maximize his singular potential. Each student is blessed with different strengths- academic, athletic, artistic, musical, etc. Students shouldn’t focus on how they measure up to others- they [...]

New Year’s Eve By Perry Tirschwell

  New Years Eve Perry Tirschwell New Years Eve is the most dangerous night of the year for teenagers. Studies of observant Jews have shown that there are three days of the year that teenagers are most likely to be introduced to liquor for the first time- Purim, Simchat Torah, and New Year’s Eve. Teenagers are significantly [...]

The Rationale Behind A Modern Orthodox School’s Calendar By Rabbi Perry Tirschwell

The Rationale Behind A Modern Orthodox School’s Calendar Rabbi Perry Tirschwell What is the rationale behind our school’s calendar? Why do we have off on some holidays, and not on others? How do we set the dates of winter vacation? WYHS communicates to its students that we are proud and grateful Americans. As Rav Moshe Feinstein wrote, [...]

Do You Believe in Looping? By Rabbi Perry Tirschwell

Do You Believe in Looping? (Nov 09) By Rabbi Perry Tirschwell Though our school is medium size for a yeshiva high school, it’s certainly small as high schools go in America. Because of this, it is very likely that a student will have a teacher for more than one year, either for the same subject, or another. Is [...]