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  1. joel rich says:

    As he conducted interviews with children, he found that Jewish children didn’t quite know how to answer the question, “How do you feel about the person you’re helping?” It’s not that they don’t feel empathy; it’s that doing “what’s right” (aka a Mitzvah) is independent of their personal feelings.

    Keep in mind that without careful educational planning from the school and parents this may cause the child when he grows to view another individual as a “cheftza shel mitzva” (object with which to complete a positive commandment) rather than as a brother who needs help (i.e the Ramban’s message of kedoshim tihiyu, that mitzvot are given as part of a bigger picture to be drawn from them)

  2. Stephen Linenberger says:

    Just a bit of clarification on the recent Mishpacha article that discusses my involvement in the Orthodox community, both as an college instructor and researcher.
    1. I have been teaching in the Young Israel Education Program (YIEP) Master’s in Educational Leadership for five years. The first class was held in July 2005. In August 2010, we will begin our sixth cohort of Master’s student. Three of the twelve courses are taught onsite in NYC (Boro Park, Lower Manhattan, etc.) and the rest are taught online.
    2. The purpose of my dissertation research is to create a “grounded theory” of altruism by study the sources and cultural antecedents that promote altruistic acts in the Orthodox Jewish community.
    This entire experience has been life changing for me, both professionally and personally. I sincerely hope that the article conveyed my deep respect and admiration for your community.
    All the best.
    Stephen J. Linenberger

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