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The Teachable Moment

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On the hike to Tel Dan, I lose it. “That's so gay,” my student says, turning around to his friend behind him to make sure he hears. We've been on this Birthright trip for maybe four days, and this word is already quite popular. It can apparently refer to anything: food, one's personality, the entire Israeli Navy. This time, though, there aren't 38 people around so the word can get lost in the crowd, there's no closed hotel room door to serve as a buffer. There's just me, and him, and my stark, raving madness.

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