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15 Schools to Teach ‘Intimacy Ed’

15 Chabad schools in the USA have agreed to start teaching 7th and 8th graders about the proper behavior of their bodies. Full Story

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great
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great

this is amazing news

a former OT nick
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a former OT nick

Its too late for me but at least the younger generation Will be spared

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It’s about time….

Confused...
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Confused...

What are the core areas the curriculum will address? Are parents involved in what is being taught? Is this a curriculum relating to what is and is not ‘chasidish’ or is it related to knowing your body, and keeping yourself safe? What kinds fnprofessionals were involved in wriiting the curriculum and what kind of training- short term and long term is being provided for teachers? Body image is something that everyone relates to differently, and we all have our own underlying attitudes and comfort levels- everything may be fine and dandy when reading from a well developed curriculum guide, but… Read more »

which schools?
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which schools?

The 15 schools are not listed. It is a tremendous zechus to be the pioneers of such an important program. Please share with us the names and location of all mosdos involved.

This is long overdue!
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This is long overdue!

Thank you Rabbi kaplan – as a parent I have no clue how to deal with this issue with my own kids

Awesome
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Awesome

I wish this would have started 15 yrs ago… when I was in school this idea is long long due…

At least now… Thank you Rabbi Kaplan

Can parents have accsess to this?
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Can parents have accsess to this?

I think this would help many in finding the right away to convey issues and ideas of this nature to our own kids.

The boss approves
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The boss approves

The Rebbe was extremely encouraging of the idea and once suggested that the laws of “Tznius” be taught even to little girls (the school decided against it).

Any Chassidishe education on what true Jewish intimacy is all about far outweighs all the secular and destructive knowledge that’s being taught in the world and by the media.

To #2
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To #2

I would hold that thought about the next generation being “spared”.

This is not some anti-smoking campaign where you can just tell kids that it’s dangerous to smoke and they will likely never pick up a cigarette.

Telling kids that “it’s bad to look at it” is simply not going to work.

B"H!!!
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B"H!!!

this is amazing news! there are too many boys, from all types of households, from the most chassidish to the more modern, that have children who have become victims of the internet. (and I’m not talking about dysfunctional homes. I’m talking about homes where the parents are so involved, so loving, parents are dugma chayos, etc. I wish my son could have learned this. no parent should be worried about the curriculum. B”H, your child will learn information from a kosher source instead of from the internet. and if you think that your child is sheltered and doesn’t know about… Read more »

So so needed
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So so needed

so happy to hear, it’s the core of every persons future life

Parents should have final say
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Parents should have final say

Parents should be able to choose whether their child should be exposed to these ideas. Also, were any psychiatrists consulted? There are probably pros and cons of this, I’d like to hear both sides.

Parents
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Parents

Agree with number eight! Parents need material available to them in order to communicate with their children. Kol hakovod to Rabbi Kaplan and everyone else involved in this much needed topic.

Crucial
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Crucial

Too many boys/men have suffered silently over the last few decades . Our kids need guidance. We can’t leave the kids to deal with this alone.

Cheder Menachem Los Angeles
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Cheder Menachem Los Angeles

As the leading Chabad school, are they on board?

long overdue
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long overdue

Yasher koach

Chassidishe ed for parents
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Chassidishe ed for parents

Is it possible for there to be a handbook that parents can access. Education between school and home should be coordinated seamlessly especially in this regard.

Make sure
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Make sure

Make sure that the girls’ curicullum isn’t another horrific description of the evils men will do to them or do because of them if they aren’t tznius-and even if they are. Enough is enough

Important for parents and school to work together
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Important for parents and school to work together

Agree with number eight! Parents need material available to them in order to communicate with their children. Kol hakovod to Rabbi Kaplan and everyone else involved in this much needed topic.
Is it possible for there to be a handbook that parents can access. Education between school and home should be coordinated seamlessly especially in this regard.

Is Debbie Fox, LCSW involved. Willl add the professional aspect
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Is Debbie Fox, LCSW involved. Willl add the professional aspect

Debbie Fox, LCSW
Executive Director
Magen Yeladim International: Child Safety Institute
(323) 424-4532. [email protected]

Very nice
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Very nice

thank you for making this happen

finally
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finally

Long overdue.. many children don’t have parents who will talk to them about these issues…. and suffer secretly.

That being said, there is one caveat. Each child is different and each child needs to hear a different amount. What for one child is not enough info maybe too much for another..depending on curiosity levels etc. I hope this is addressed.

Girls?
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Girls?

What is being done for the girls?

For girls
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For girls

Beautiful!

Why isnt this curriculum not geared for girls schools as well?

The same challenges for the outside culture creeping into our world via internet etc applies to girls as well!

The Rebbe's Position?
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The Rebbe's Position?

BH I though I remember reading that the Rebbe held that these classes should be conducted cone to one, or maybe small class of one or two students?

What about modern CULTURE
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What about modern CULTURE

My experience tells me that the greatest danger is the exposure to modern culture, through movies and tv shows and music, which are a lifestyle. The issue of immoral content on the Internet is related to as an issue and a PROBLEM , and therefor even young adults know they must rid the selfs of it, unlike movies etc. through which one is exposed to modern secular lifestyle

so happy
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so happy

that is great news ! ty

Baruch Hashem
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Baruch Hashem

This is great news. The results of “hiding our heads in the sand” without a game plan have been a disaster. Some have voiced concerns, and there will always be concerns (perhaps valid, perhaps not) when it comes to any new approach, but one thing is for sure, the non-approach until now has been a miserable failure, with our young people paying the price. Thank you Rabbi Kaplan and all others involved!

Who are the children?
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Who are the children?

Some already mentioned in these comments that parents need to be included. As with any part of the curriculum, this effort needs to be a partnership between the schools (administration and teachers), the parents, and of course the students. The way the article is written it seems they are willing to inform the public about the existence of the program, but not any of the details. I hope the pilot schools are informing and including parents. I don’t see why more detailed information cannot be provided in a forum like COL.

Dovid

Girls
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Girls

Girls have the same problem and need an organization like this!!! There are also girls who r suffering without knowing anything!! Ty thought rabbi Kaplan

what about us?
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what about us?

what about the young adults, the bochurim in ZAL etc. Which didnt get this education? Maybe there should be a program geared towards them as well…

7th and 8th gade
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7th and 8th gade

Wayyyyyy to late you have to get them earlier then that i know from personal experiance i was in ohlei torah for 10 years

Cheder Menachem Los Angeles
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Cheder Menachem Los Angeles

As the leading Chabad school, are they on board?

destroyed the best talmidim
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destroyed the best talmidim

the ribomie shel olem must bring an end to this finsterh golus!!!

Thank you Rabbi Kaplan
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Thank you Rabbi Kaplan

Long overdue and seriously needed

WAKE UP
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WAKE UP

This is a small step which is still too little to late. Beating around the bush like this is a step in the right direction- but its not addressing the issue. Just read the comments from the former OT students, they wish they had it. No matter what, you cant block everything out. And you cant yell and scream or even nicely tell people off when the expectations you had of them, and they didn’t meet them (girls tznius and guys not being on their phones.)
The younger educated the more the effect. Otherwise they WILL find out themselves.

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