Many of us work in offices where, at this time of year, it is considered bad form to yell at another person or send a nasty email because it's not in the "spirit of the season." As frum Jews who believe that "Derech Eretz Kadma L'Torah" we should have at least the same standards for civility as the secular world. So during Channukah, lets focus on the flames and not the flame wars. Let's remember that under Assyrian occupation, Jews had to put their lives on the line to be able study Torah. Yes, we are all suffering from the high cost of tuition, but by historical standards this is a pretty good time and place to be a frum Jew. B"H we have a lot of options for our children to study Torah and we are getting even more. There is a need for criticism of the way the schools are run but that criticism should be done in a respectful manner, without impugning anyone's motives.
[Editor's note: Ok, by popular demand I removed the option to comment under the name "anonymous". However, in doing so I also removed the option to just add a screen name when you comment. So for now in order to comment you must first register with Google, AIM, LiveJournal, Wordpress, TypePad, AIM, or OpenID. You can still remain anonymous but your comments will have a name on them so they can be referenced by other comments without having to reference the time you posted it. I am trying to change to using different blogging software such as IntenseDebate or Disqus, which will make it easier to have spam/trolling automatically filtered and will have other good features on them. Please be patient while everything gets working properly.]