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New York Rabbi Uses Nail Art to Inspire Students

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Genesis nail art. Photo: NY Post

According to The New York Daily News, one Rabbi in Westchester, New York, has developed a novel way to excite her students about the scriptures: nail decals.

It’s all part of the weekly “Midrash Manicures” club at the Solomon Schechter School, run by 27-year-old Rabbi Yael Buechler, who launched the club in 2011.

Buechler has been painting Torah themes on her nails since she was a teenager — years before nail art became a widespread craze.

“Painting my nails according to biblical themes has deepened my own connection to Judaism,” she said. “I cherish the time that I set aside each week to study the Torah portion and choose a theme that speaks to me to depict on my fingernails.”

For Passover Buechler has  created nail decals of the Ten Plagues.

That’s “clearly what God had in mind when giving us 10 fingers,” Buechler told The Daily News. She calls her Midrash Manicures club an “incredibly effective tool in education.”

“(It) enables students to take ownership of their own learning, and they’re eager to share their learning with friends and family,” she said.

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