Natan Brownstein

Through implementing this program with staff, I had the opportunity to learn more Torah with my staff, and have them learn more together. In many ways that was something which we all gained from that’s beyond the program itself.

Teacher

I have a greater appreciation for the great potential that exists within each student and also for my need to ask Hashem for help in drawing out their potential.

Teacher

I’ve become more patient, especially in trying situations and I’ve become a lot better at not taking student behaviors personally. It’s not about me!

Teacher

Lifnai Vlifnim has helped me push students to realize the impact that various relationships and friendships in their lives have on them (both positive and negative)

Teacher

I have found myself in conversations during which I and/or my peer employed terms such as Mah BeEtzem or Dibur Yashir as tools or vessels with which to address and bring to the surface underlying issues, conflicts, and/or driving forces which often are relegated to the latent domain.

Teacher

When I was new to the school, Laflaf helped me to more quickly feel comfortable with my colleagues. Sharing and learning together on a personal level has created a more meaningful relationship amongst the faculty.

Teacher

Listening to others helps me reflect on my own experiences and relationships. I also more often approach Torah differently, thinking about personal connections with the text.

Noah Sonnenberg

I was initially a bit skeptical about the impact of the program but as time went on the power of the approach became evident. The connection between the staff as well as their openness to frame their learning in a way that encouraged students to personally relate to and reflect upon their learning was felt.

Lisa Schlaf

The feeling of support and community was a big success. [The program] gave teachers and students a context to listen and appreciate each other. We heard students use the sentence stems in other contexts, as well, which showed that they were transferring the skill to other contexts. That this was happening in a Torah context, […]