Chancellor Carranza sent a letter to Commissioner Elia today regarding the ridiculously long process of determining whether certain yeshivas in New York meet requirements of providing substantially equivalent instruction. Below is the text and images of the letter. December 27, 2018 Commissioner MaryEllen EliaNew York State Commissioner of Education New York State Education Department89 Washington AvenueAlbany, … Continue reading Letter from DOE about NY Yeshivas and Substantial Equivalency
Earlier today, a friend wrote a Facebook post about some of his experiences in a charedi yeshiva. Many others chimed in on this public post, sharing their own memories. The conversation continued strong throughout the day, with some people recognizing that they probably crossed paths at a yeshiva they both attended! But it's Friday night … Continue reading Yeshiva Memories
CW: abuse, graphic moment of PTSD Last night, I wrote a Facebook post. I started writing it as a brief post, because I had planned to share my menorah-lighting each night of Chanukah this year, and I wanted to explain why I wouldn't be sharing the 4th night's lights. But it turned into a long … Continue reading Why I Skipped the Fourth Night of Chanukah
A frum girl is having trouble paying for her college. Help a yid out?
It stands to reason that the traits praised by educators are the ones they see as the goal of education. My own report cards from elementary school provide an interesting window into this question.
I am overjoyed to announce that I am part of a brand-new project, The Bais Yaakov Project. The website is still being built, with support from The CUNY Graduate Center's New Media Lab, and will hopefully go live in early 2019. The Project: The Bais Yaakov Project is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and digitization of … Continue reading Announcing: The Bais Yaakov Project!
Fun little memory that pops into my mind every so often, and now because I'm reading this blog post (still - it is a very long post and I am reading it with care and attention!), and the author discusses Josephus in quite some depth: At the family Chanukah party, when I was 18 years old … Continue reading What Makes a Book a Sefer?
It's sukkos now, and though I no longer go to my parents for the holidays, many of my formerly-religious friends do. And when they go home, they often pick up the frum magazines their parents got, flip through them, and then steal away to surreptitiously snap a photo so they can share their horror with … Continue reading The Dangers of Critical Thinking
Step 1: Get birth certificate from parents' basement. Fill out form. Go to courthouse. Find out this is not enough because my parents never actually filed the name after my kiddush, although my father wrote "Esther Shaindel" in - and that does not count legally, much to everyone's surprise. Step 2: Request certified copy of … Continue reading What’s In a Name
It was a typical spring evening. The kids all sat around the kitchen table. Two of the boys fought and argued and burst into tears, as per usual. The baby cried. The toddler repeatedly shouted for Mommy to help her with her food. The older sister helper the toddler with her food. The middle sister … Continue reading The Day Mommy Ran Away From Home