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Schools Should Not Be Factories

NYC Mayor Eric Adams is following the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s model in making that distinction clear.
Dr. Tamara Mann Tweel is a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She has spent her career educating students, faith leaders, and professionals on the history and value of American civil society and civic leadership. Tamara received her Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and a master’s degree in theological studies from the Harvard Divinity School. She currently serves as the Senior Program Director for Civic Initiatives at

“This September, 61 years after the Supreme Court banned school prayer, New York City public school students will once again open each school day with an ancient invocation. For two to five minutes a day, children across the city will practice, with trained educators, the art of breathing. New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the initiative at P.S. 5 in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, where three elementary school students led elected officials, journalists, and their principal in six deep breaths of the ocean-sound variety. First, the students explained, you breathe in through your nose; then, you breathe out through your mouth to create a prolonged whisper.

While much of the press has maligned Adams for introducing this respiratory ritual into the education system, the mayor is revisiting an essential question: How should students start a day of school?”

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