Op-Ed: Another 11th Grader Writes…

Kickoff Farbrengen, attended by the Girls’ High School division of the Online School, and being broadcast live online. Please note: Faces were blurred at the request of those photographed.

Hi, I’m an eleventh grader. Another eleventh grader wrote about how hard it is for girls in Crown Heights and other big Lubavitch schools to swim against the tide. One of the things that actually helps us teenagers create positive peer pressure is Achos Hatmimim (which deserves a whole article onto itself).

But what about the girls who don’t even have that??

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Herald-Tribune

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by Hannah Lee – Philadelphia Jewish Voice

Illustration Photo: Senator Joe Lieberman at Chabad of Stamford, CT.

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by Yechezkel Gordon

2012 Republican presidential contenders.

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by Rabbi Shimon Raichik

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