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last week republicans managed to close ranks behind their candidate, mitt romney, at a hurricane-shortened three-day convention in hot and steamytampa,florida. The campaign has yet to reach a boiling point, but once the democrats wrap up their convention this week in charlotte,north carolina, the 2012 presidential election campaign will begin in earnest. It looms as one of the most contentious and perhaps critical presidential races of our times.
to those in the know, richard altabe, headmaster of yeshivat shaare torah, is a well-respected authority on chinuch and an innovator in the field of yeshiva general studies programs. But even more than he’s an educator, he’s an excellent student, and he recently shared some of the lessons that have had the greatest impact on his life.
The bavarian-german village of schopfloch might not have even been a dot on the tourist map, if a television producer hadn’t discovered its secret. While the old-timers who actually speak the mangled hebrew dialect are dwindling, even the young people are proud of their unique vernacular. There are no jews in sight, but the language on the street sounds oddly familiar …