|PIETY AND PASSION|
Enhance the piety and passion that is displayed in school
Living as we modern Orthodox Jews do, in two worlds, the world of Torah and the world of modern culture, we adopt the value of moderation in order to allow the two worlds to coalesce in a comfortable fashion. We intuit that being extreme in Torah, or in secular culture, would undermine the synthesis or coexistence that we desire to achieve. The price we pay for this strategy is blandness in our religious lives - the absence of that degree of piety and passion that is generally the product of absolute clarity of faith and of conviction in the correctness of one's path.
Form a special commission to study the question of how both piety and passion can be enhanced in your Day School. Examine closely the way in which Tefillah is conducted, whether in the classroom or in assembly. Is Tefillah conducted slowly, with meaning, feeling and Kavannah, explained in a manner appropriate to the age of the students, or are speed and accuracy of recitation of Hebrew the prime goals? Is melody used only to pace, or to enhance inwardness?
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