Morris Mandel

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Morris Mandel (1911–2009) [1] was an American educator and journalist.


Morris Mandel was born in 1911 in Lublin, Poland. His family moved to the United States when he was three. His son Allen Mandel, is a rabbi. Mandel wrote advice columns for The Jewish Press, "Human Emotions" and "Youth Speaks Up," for close to five decades. He was English principal of Yeshiva Toras Emes; a guidance counselor in the New York City public school system; taught law and accounting; ran a singles group that produced many marriages, headed summer camps [2] in the 1940s and 50s; lectured in the United States, Canada, and Israel; and wrote close to 50 books[3] and raised funds for several Jewish causes.[4]

Journalistic career[edit]

Mandel addressed different audiences with different messages.[5] His "Problems in Human Emotions" column sometimes said the seemingly obvious ("Even the darkest hour only has 60 minutes" [6]), but in a way that found him being authoritatively cited [7]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2009-06-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^[permanent dead link] Cultural Director at the Pioneer Country Club, cited in scanned image announcing that "The Hon. Louis Lefkowitz, Attorney General of New York will be the guest speaker at an open forum to be held at The Pioneer Country Club, Greenfield Park, N.Y., at 2:30 in the afternoon on Thursday, August 9th" (1962).
  3. ^ 'Success Comes In Cans; Failure In Can'ts' Archived 2009-06-21 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ A technique he perfected with a fellow writer/speaker, in the days when Soviet Jewry was still a major concern, was to charge an admission to a fundraiser held in a restaurant and then solicit additional contributions that were sorted, high to low, with long delays between small groups of checks announced, to applause, to allow for still more contributions, delaying dessert until more contributions were not very likely
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2009-06-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ quoted at and
  7. ^ example: Torn at the Roots, ISBN 978-0-231-12375-4, Jan. 2004, by Michael E. Staub, pp. 348-350: 13 of 49 footnotes sourced to Mandel's writings