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Radio Interview - Rabbi Horowitz's New Book
Audio File "Living and Parenting"
by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz
This exclusive interview was aired on the Gavriel Sanders Show (AM620 WSNR-NYC) on May 19, 2008.


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5/22/08

This exclusive interview with Rabbi Yakov Horowitz was aired on the Gavriel Sanders Show (AM 620 WSNR – NYC) on May 19, 2008. Rabbi Horowitz discussed his newly published book, Living and Parenting (© 2008 Mesorah Publications, Ltd.)

Based on Rabbi Horowitz’s popular columns and articles, the book offers practical guidance for parents and educators. Having met thousands of teens in his career as a Rebbe and Menahel, he knows what they are thinking, and shares their perspectives and their world with us. The book is filled with practical advice and solutions – answers that can literally redirect a youngster’s course from impending disaster to success.



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1.     5/22/08 - 12:18 PM
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rabbi, why aren't you ashamed to be so full of yourself. i've never seen anything quite like this!


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2. To Anonymous     5/22/08 - 12:30 PM
Andy - Wesley Hills, NY

Mr. Anonymous: You too are quite full of yourself. Why shouldn't the Rabbi advertise his very popular book on his website? Your jealousy of his successes shine through.


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3. #1     5/22/08 - 4:21 PM
Eliezer - Toronto

To anonymous (#1),

You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but your comments are extremely rude.

If you have something positive to add, your input is more than welcome. If you just want to vent your frustration while you hide under the guise of anonymity, please go elsewhere.

Incidentally, let's not forget that this is Rabbi Horowitz's website and it is common practice for people to advertise their material on their own website.


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4. Nice Interview     5/22/08 - 11:28 PM
Andy - Wesley Hills, NY

This is a very nice interview, it's close to 45 minutes long, but very interesting. Rabbi Horowitz is at his best.


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5. Hakoras HaTov     5/23/08 - 2:48 PM
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"HaLomeid MeiChaveiro Perek Echad...Oh Afilo Os Achas...Tzarich Linhog Bo Kavod..." [Pirkei Avos]

As a parent who has benefitted immensely from the expert advice provided here by our Rebi, HaRav Horowitz SHLIT"A, I look forward to reading and learning from his book, BeEzras HASHEM!


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6. education     5/26/08 - 12:36 PM
Ak

Hi, I enjoyed the interview and aslo Gavriel Sanders. The other day there were Jews for j walking around Tel Aviv.

I appreciated R' Horowitz talking about constructivist ideas , education which is learner orientated rather than teacher orientated , more democratic like guide by the side rather than sage on the stage. I still get the feeling that R Horowitz sees this approach as being accomodations for those kids who are struggling and not an alternative to the traditional classroom. which is teacher orientated.

I came across a piece about the founding director of telementor - One morning, when David was six years old, he walked over to Mr. Clawson's garage to see what he was building. Mr. Clawson was always inventing something. That day, he was working on a contraption to clean up oil spills in the ocean. David was impressed. Mr. Clawson showed David how his device worked, talking to him as an equal. He then asked David to critique his design and offer suggestions for improvement. This genius was asking a six year old for improvements on an invention that would clean up oil spills! That simple gift of encouragement from Mr. Clawson changed David's life forever. David realized that his own thoughts about the world had value. He was on cloud nine for days and felt he could pursue anything and be successful.

My impresssion with Jewish education is about getting children to do what you want and being able to throw back what you have taught them


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7.     5/26/08 - 1:24 PM
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Because chinuch is about training children to obey G-d and know His Torah.


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8. chinuch     5/26/08 - 2:57 PM
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Anon, that's one way of looking at things the chovos hatalmidim distinguishes between hergel- training and chinuch - chinuch is lighting the child's flame so he does the thinking and as R Horowitz says guide by the side. Obedience can only focus on the external , on the action , objectifies the child ignoring feelings and the unique expressions of kavanah that each person has. Knowing the Torah , is not only knowing facts , but how to apply the Torah , to be sensitive to people and surroundings which require higher levels of understanding and critical skills, it needs to be intergrated and internalized and not something that is alien or at most you feel compelled from the outside to do. Anon , I recommend you looking at Dr Sorotzkins site and the article here , coercision is not chinuch - at most mitzvot anashim melumada - doing the mitzvos in a rote fashion , that's what training does.


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9.     5/26/08 - 5:44 PM
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Let's not forget about kabbolas ol malchus shomayim and kabbolas ol mitzvos. "Accepting the yoke" is not a p.c. term. Too bad, since it's essential to Yiddishkeit and chinuch (and something we are supposed to affirm every day in Shema). As is yiras shomayim.

Maybe the answer to the question "what is the greatest threat to yiddishkeit" is ignoring kabbolas ol and yiras shomayim in our quest to make yiddishekit palatable to our children and students.


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10.     5/27/08 - 2:03 AM
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Hi, The last thing I would like to do is to make kids feel that Yiddishkeit is a burdern , that it is all about blind compliance and obedience. Kabolos ol malchut shamayim usually comes from a place of deep understanding and appreciation of Hashem and the mitzvos , intrinsic motivation and understanding how we impact on others and ourselves , a commitment to the type of person we want to be. Just as you can train a monkey , you can train people , their actions being - ma'seh kof , as we say here in EY - I'loof ze lo chinuch. Making yiddishkeit palatible to kids is still ' teacher orientated education , I am talking about getting kids to dig deep into themselves and do some thinking, making meaning of what they are learning , conneting to their feelings and to others around them , that learn should take place in a cooperative way, chaburas , chavrutas , discussion , not just throwing back what the teacher says. Developing the ability to say a s'vara, express an opinion . This is so important when considering what R Nissim Gaon says in his introfdction - brochot - that Hashem has commanded people from the time of creation to observe mitzvos whose basis is sevarah and understanding of the heart. Promoting shallow thinking , memory- facts based learning , certainly does not teach sevarah and critical thinking skills and for sure is a recipe for alienating kids from Torah. Anon , I have a question for you and all the other Anons here? Don't you think it would be derech eretz to adopt a username here , it facilitates discussion, it shows respect commitment and respect not only to others but to yourself , maybe even part of kablas ol malchut shamayim


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11. kabalos ol malchut shamayim     5/27/08 - 2:09 AM
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Hi, Just to edit the above , there is the possibility of remaining Anon by forgetting to type in a user name or title. I think R' Horowitz should also take some responsibility here by not insisting on a username . he should modify the settings and instead of name - put user name


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12.     5/27/08 - 2:50 PM
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The last thing I would like to do is to make kids feel that Yiddishkeit is a burdern , that it is all about blind compliance and obedience.

Who asked you to explain "kabbolas ol" as a burden which has negative connotations? How about instilling the idea of obedience - acceptance of the yoke of mitzvos as our privilege and great joy?

"Boruch Hu Elokeinu ... and separated us from the goyim and gave us the Torah of Truth ..."

If you postpone instilling kabbolas ol malchus shomayim and ol mitzvos, as well as fear of heaven, until children are mature enough to have a deep understanding and appreciation of Hashem, you've missed the boat.

This needs to be instilled even before the children attend school (assuming they aren't sent to school as infants and toddlers!) while you keep on focusing on classroom learning.

The first thing a child is supposed to be taught when he can speak is "Torah tziva lanu Moshe ..." - the Torah was commanded us. Yup, commanded.

Don't you think it would be derech eretz to adopt a username here

If I thought so, I would do so. The answer is 'no.' I don't think it shows any of the things you claim for it.


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13. Chizuk     6/3/08 - 6:45 PM
Suzy - London

I found listening to you Rabbi Horowitz give me encouragement and motivation to continue on this very hard path of self growth. To develop myself which will in turn develop self esteem in my children, healthy relationships that we need and hope to rely on as they get older, when we need to make deposits.

It is so challenging.

Thank you for being an inspiration to continue.

If you want to do it right, we need support from people like you.

My kids are young, not special needs, we are an average family and we try so hard to bring up "mentches", we find it so very challenging

Thank you

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