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A Thought on Transformational Jewish Education

[This is something along the lines of Jim Collins' "right people on the bus." Click here for Collins' blog.]

Clear goals help, thoughtful pegagogy is important, the right environment makes soul-transformation possible, but I've found that the right person (as part of the right team) doing the teaching is the only make-or-break. 
(written at Camp Ramah New England, where I'm watching 
a small army of the "right people" in the "right environment" 
with a powerfully clear mission prepare to change the souls 
of over 800 children this summer.)

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