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What can you do when your child comes back from school with tears in her eyes or her heart because of an incompetent teacher? Just one example to illustrate: she told her class that humans can hear radio waves. Without a radio! She teaches physics in high school. I am a parent, but also a retired teacher. The only bright light: my daughter has 11 weeks to go before being liberated from high school. She is one of the best students of her school, so you can imagine the other students.

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I watched the documentary "My Brilliant Brain: Born Genius" where they refer to the Abecedarian Project, in that investigation, a group of children that were exposed to early childhood education observed long-term benefits, such as higher scores in intelligence tests than those children that weren't exposed to the program. Due to the importance in the findings on the Abecedarian Project, I also asked for any peer-reviewed or follow-up studies on the subject, but the only studies I could find were those listed on the project's page. Also searching for related information it seems that there are multiple programs available by the name of The Abecedarian Approach that offer similar results.

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I've been reading many things about educating morality into a child. This question is great but does not deal with the age issue. My question is, at what age are children generally most active in developing their moral compass? I'm sure helping your child develop in the right way is something that starts at birth and continues every day that you are both alive. However, I suspect that there is some age at which moral development is more pronounced. Does anyone know what that magical age is?

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How do I help my daughter understand that being lesbian or gay is normal and as acceptable as being straight? I have a 14-year-old step-daughter who has come here 20 days back to visit us. We live in rural India where many people are not even aware of what homosexuality and preferences mean. Today, while spending time with her, I discovered she is lonely, confused and frustrated. Later, I discovered that she broke her friendship with her best friend over her friend's orientation. Her best friend is a lesbian and when that poor girl confessed to my step-daughter, my step-daughter was confused and asked what it meant.

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My 14 year old daughter recently broke up with a boy she was dating for 7 months because she fell in love with a girl. I totally support her as I had a similar experience when I was in my 30's. My daughter and I have talked and I have told her how much my husband and I support her. Love is love and it's wonderful to have someone special in your life. We also know that adolescence is a time when teenagers are in flux about their identity and we don't want to hamper her in any way. Being an adolescent, when she was dating her boyfriend we had limits in place, one being that he was not allowed in her bedroom. Recently, my daughter has asked to have her girlfriend over for a sleepover.

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I have read that to explain the absence of the Girgashites in a list of the 7 nations, amora R. Samuel bar Nahman says the Girgashites left Israel and God rewarded them by giving them "Afrike" "Afrike" sounds a bit like "Africa", a term the Romans used to describe the tops of Tunisia and Libya. The top tip of Tunisia is where Carthage was and is not that hard to see that CarTHage and GirGash look sort of similar.

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I apologize in advance if this comes across as provocative. That is not at all my intention; I ask simply to learn. "Kill the infidels" is a phrase often used to describe Islam's stance on disbelievers - chop their heads off, poke their eyes out, and other gruesome forms of death. Although Judaism does not invite such severe forms of killing, they seem to believe in the similar principle of join us or die. Rashi to Shemos 17:16 says that "as long as Amalek's memory endures, Hashem's Name and His throne are not complete." Seemingly what he is referring to is the oft-quoted statement that Amalek stands against everything Judaism is for - namely, expressing Hashem's Presence in the world.

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A non Jew does a melacha for himself, a Jew may benefit on shabbos. A non Jew does a melacha for a Jew, a Jew may not benefit on shabbos. A non Jew asks to borrow a book from a Jew. The Jew fumbles around in a dark room looking for the book and the non Jew turns on the light. The non Jew did the melacha for the Jew, but really he did it for himself, so the Jew can find the book faster. What happens?

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In most Yeshivish circles (and Chabad Hasidim), a black snap-brim fedora is worn. Usually it is a Borsalino, but not always. Could someone recommend a place online where I could get one or one like it for a relatively cheap price? Preferably under $200 or so. Update: I purchased the hat from the Yeshivish Hat Company and just received it this Motzei Shabbos. It is great! Pictures to follow. Just want to say now that the felt is firm, and the hat has a great fit, and it looks identical to any high-price Borsalino. Now it just needs to get past the longevity test. I will b'ezras Hashem post some pictures bli neder sometime this week.

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Is there any particular reason the procedure for washing hands for bread includes pouring the water twice on each hand? Isn't once enough?

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