Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

Parenting / Chinuch / Child Safety

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Founding Dean of Monsey’s Yeshiva Darchei Noam and Director of The Center for Jewish Family Life, conducts child abuse prevention and parenting workshops internationally, and sponsors the Bnos’ One on One Big Sister Program with branches in seven states and Canada.

He’s the author of two books, published the landmark children’s personal safety picture book Let’s Stay Safe!, which has been adapted into Yiddish and Hebrew, and the Bright Beginnings Chumash and Gemara Workbooks which helps children acquire Judaic Studies skills in a fun-filled manner.

Rabbi Horowitz received the prestigious 2008 Covenant Award in recognition of his contribution to Jewish education.

Latest Posts

Where is Yona Weinberg?

Please Help Child Safety Advocates Warn Parents About His Whereabouts By Rabbi Yakov Horowitz ALERT: Yona Weinberg, a convicted, registered, New York State Level 3 Sex Offender currently living freely in Israel and no one seems to know where he is. Weinberg served 13 months in an American jail for seven counts of Sexual Abuse […]

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What Would Jerimiah Say?

A common theme in the prophesies of Yirmiyahu (Jerimiah) and Yeshayahu (Isaiah) – read in synagogues throughout the world during the mourning period for the destruction of our holy Temple – is their stunningly harsh words for fellow Jews who were engaged in bringing sacrifices to the Temple in Jerusalem while relegating the core values […]

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“It is an Aveira to Get Drunk on Purim” (Reb Shmuel Kaminetsky, Shlit”a)

This was a direct quote from Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky Shlit’a who took precious time from his busy schedule and shared his da’as Torah with our listeners on Thursday night during the Project YES conference call titled, “Purim Parenting: Keeping Our Children Safe and Sober.” I asked the Rosh Yeshiva to address this matter because many people […]

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Blending Families — How My Parents Blended Three Sets of Children

Blending Families In Loving Memory of our Father, Reb Shlomo Nutovic a”h By: Rabbi Yakov Horowitz These lines are written in loving memory of my dear father, Reb Shlomo Zev ben Reb Baruch Yehudah Nutovic a”h, whose first yahrtzeit is 7 Menachem Av. May the positive lessons learned from this essay be a zechus for […]

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Whose Story? On 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation

In a previous post on the extraordinary gathering commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz’s Liberation, I wrote about the searing Kaddish recited by Mr. Shmuel Beller in memory of his relatives who were murdered there. (Here is a video clip of his Kaddish.) After Mr. Beller finished Kaddish, he took off his shoes as a sign of mourning, and sat Shiva on the floor […]

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IF and WHEN

Imagine that you and your spouse are deeply devoted to a lifestyle of only eating ‘health food’ and eschewing all forms of nosh. In fact, you feel so strongly about this that you both decide to raise your children with the healthful eating habits that you adopted. When your first child was born, you began […]

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Ba’alei Teshuva Parents — FFB Kids

Rabbi Horowitz, What is your advice for ba’alei teshuva who are raising frum-from-birth children in terms of making sure that the children are well integrated, healthy and normal frum Jews? As ba’alei teshuva sometimes it is easy to be very strict because of insecurities from our own upbringing and lack of family minhagim. If you […]

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Lifecycle Support for Ba’alei Teshuva Families

by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz Over the past several decades, tens of thousands of previously unaffiliated Jews have become ba’alei teshuva through the outstanding work of kiruv organizations and outreach professionals. Numerous yeshivos in Eretz Yisroel and around the world have implemented programs designed to better appeal to the prospective ba’al teshuva. These programs have all […]

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Report from Ground Zero

Al Regel Achas… On One Foot If we are going to have an impact on the frightening trend of young men and women abandoning the teachings of our yeshiva and Bais Yaakov system, we will need to improve the overall quality of our home life. There is a common inclination to lay the blame for […]

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Sun Block, Anyone?

Imagine that you work in a pharmacy during the summer months. All day long, day after day, people hobble into your store suffering from the effects of painful sunburn injuries. Well, you are a compassionate person, so you dutifully guide them to the section of the drugstore where they can purchase the various sprays, creams […]

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Pulling in the Gangplank

Almost ten years later, I can still vividly remember the pain, confusion and heartbreak in the eyes and voices of Yossi and his wonderful parents. When I met them, Yossi was a sincere, well-adjusted thirteen-year old bachur. He loved to daven and enjoyed learning chumash and halacha. So why had his parents called my house […]

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Project YES Update – Re: The Weberman Abuse Trial

Project YES Update – Re: Weberman Abuse Trial With Nechemya Weberman convicted and awaiting sentencing, here are some reflections upon the trial and why Project YES supported his victim in a very public manner. We got involved in the spring when it became clear that a young victim still within the statute of limitations was actually committed […]

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At-Risk is At Risk

At-Risk is At Risk A Purim Column With the economy heading south, we are all looking for ways to cut back on our expenses. I guess that’s good news for Motel 6, pawn shops and “Dollar Stores,” but it’s a pretty lousy development for anyone running a non-profit organization (like me, for example) because practically […]

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Human Problems – Child Abuse Is a Human Problem; It Only Becomes a Jewish Problem When We Brush It Under the Carpet Child Abuse Prevention Part Three

Cognitive dissonance: “The uncomfortable tension that may result from having two conflicting thoughts (cognition) at the same time …that conflicts with one’s beliefs (dissonance is defined as “lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony”)… In popular usage, it can be associated with the tendency for people to resist information that they don’t want to think about, […]

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Life Skills

The first eight columns that appeared in this space made the case for a more balanced kodesh curriculum in our yeshivos, one that includes more chumash, halacha, and tanach – in other words, to go back to the syllabus that we were exposed to in our yeshivos three decades ago. Additionally, I made the argument that due to parental pressure; […]

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Shabbos Guests

Rabbi Horowitz: We have very different views on the issue of having guests over for Shabbat meals. One of us feels strongly that Shabbat should be for bonding with our own children after a hectic week, while the other feels just as passionately that we should have guests over at our home often. We have […]

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An Ounce Of Prevention

We are faced with a critical problem, one that we must address as a society. There is a spiritual underclass that exists in our community – dropout teens. This group of teenagers has no defining prerequisites; they come from every type of home, and every income level. These are children that mechanchim (educators), parents – […]

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Human Problems

Recommended Reading: The Monster Inside and Safe and Secure Cognitive dissonance: “The uncomfortable tension that may result from having two conflicting thoughts (cognition) at the same time …that conflicts with one’s beliefs (dissonance is defined as “lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony”)… In popular usage, it can be associated with the tendency for people to resist information that […]

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Yomim Tovim and At-Risk Kids

Two program notes: 1)Moving forward, each of the Chicago Community Kollel Parenting Columns will be posted on my website the week after they are disseminated and posted by the Kollel. Feel free to sign up for the Kollel’s emails at www.cckollel.org if you wish to review them earlier. This week, I was scheduled to write Part II […]

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Exit Interviews

The last time that you cancelled a credit card, you probably received a phone call from a representative of the company within a week or so. The individual asked you why you took your business elsewhere and if there is anything he/she can do to encourage you to reconsider your decision to sever your ties […]

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Take a Child to Shul…Please “A”

  A terribly sad version of the expression, “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” often comes to my mind whenever I am approached by single parents, usually mothers, asking me to assist them in finding a caring, responsible adult to take their child(ren), usually their son(s), to shul on Shabbos and/or Yom Tov. […]

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