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It also means teaching them how to deal with idea they may encounter that challenges our faith. This is not an easy task. My guess is that most religious educators are woefully ignorant about how to do that. That’s why I would suggest that all teachers undergo mandatory training in how to teach their students these things. I would also recommend that schools require parents to attend lectures meetings where they can be advised about how to handle it from their end.

It is a brand new world out there. There are far too many parents that are not sufficiently dealing with this problem and allow their children full access to the internet via their smartphones.


Even though our ways are timeless, our teaching methods are not. In far too many cases they are outmoded with respect to dealing with the reality of our times. If we want to stop losing our youth to technological advances we need to be ahead of the curve. As it stands now we are behind the eight ball.


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Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at [email protected].