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A Quiet Gift to the Next Generation
A “Moment of Silence” is a brief period of reflection or meditation at the beginning of each school day. Since the mid-1980s, the movement has gained adherents in the U.S. and beyond as many schools, public and private, have begun to start their days with...
A "Moment of Silence" to start the schoolday
The need for a "moment of silence" to give context and meaning to the school day; a time for our children to reflect on the 'why' of their learning, rather than just the how
On multiple occasions in his televised addresses, the Rebbe urgently called for a daily “Moment of Silence” in U.S. public schools, where most American children receive their education. This 20 minute primer summarizes the Rebbe’s approach on this initiat...
What could be more valuable to a young mind than respite from the noise?
The world has changed. Our needs have changed. Our vision of the future has changed. Schools haven’t been keeping up. If our children are our future, then the way we run our schools reflects our dreams for the future. There was an era when American parent...
Reflections on the place of G-d in American society
A Moment of Silence
In 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case about an Alabama law allowing public school teachers to start each day with a moment of silence for meditation or voluntary prayer.
Civilized society depends on proper education built on a healthy foundation. But the only true foundation for education is the same as that of all of creation: “In the beginning, G-d created the Heavens and the Earth.”
Parents rely on the Public School System to rear their children into mature, responsible adults. Their children are imbued with the values of this country’s sense of pride: That “My own power and the strength of my hand have brought me my success.” But wi...
10 Shevat, 5743 • January 24, 1983
Those who oppose silent prayer in public schools, cite the separation of religion and state as the basis to eliminate religion from the public arena. However, this ignores the reason the law was established in the first place: to protect the freedom of re...
Law enacted on 120th anniversary of birth of the Rebbe, its greatest proponent
An Arizona law that ensures kids in the state’s public schools will have time to begin the day with a one- to two-minute Moment of Silence was signed into law by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on April 12, the 120th anniversary of the birth of the Rebbe—Rabbi Me...
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