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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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  1. Why Would Yeshivas Reject Pre-K Program Designed for Them?

    Because whoever “designed” the program for yeshivas had no clue. The program requires 6 hours per day for pre-K (that is four year olds). First of all, that is too long for most four year olds. Second, that can be used ONLY for secular studies. So when are the children supposed to learn religious studies? (Our local yeshiva has a program for 4 year olds, 3 1/2 hours of religious studies, and then an optional three hours more of secular. Of course it is pretty basic, but the point is that you want your child to start being exposed to school in a religious context — learning the Alef Beis, about the holidays, middos tovos, etc.)

    Perhaps such a program is not doable given the Constitutional restraints, but whoever thought this would work for Orthodox families seems not to have bothered consulting Orthodox educators about what would be needed.

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