Rabbi Moshe Moscowitz
Born and raised in Chicago. Went through the day school and Yeshiva system . I always loved to learn but was not always enthralled with tests and cramming plenty of data into my brain – which ended up to be "“easy come easy go” (sounds familiar?).
Studied in Telz Yeshiva in Chicago and then at Lubavitch yeshivos - Montreal, Morristown and 770. In 1976 I received Rabbinical ordination – “smicha”.
After marriage to my Leah Naparstak from Israel it was time to find a job. Following in the footsteps of my parents as a teacher was not really on my mind (my father was a principal in the Chicago Public School system – first orthodox principal in the city and my mother also taught there). But א מענטש טראכט און ג-ט לאכט (“a man thinks and G-d laughs”) and in 1982 I took the plunge and began teaching at the Bais Yaakov School of Philidelphia - grades 3, 5 and 8. No formal training and no curriculim! Pretty challlenging. Little by little I learned the magic ingredient – MAKE LEARNING FUN! It really worked.
After two years at Phili I moved on to my hometown in Chicago where I taught for the next 15 years. Ages ranged from 6 to 16 and the language I taught in was Yiddish! Can you imagine 6 year old students coming into my class not knowing a word of Yiddish and by the end of the year being fluent – even able to write a story or letter in Yiddish?! Well it happened in my classroom. I developed systems and made it so fun the students didn’t even realize that they were learning!
In 1997 I decided to take my systems to a new level. I joined the cRc (Chicago Rabbinical College). I was hired to be the Supervisor of Kosher overseeing of Industrial plants througout the world. At the same time I was able to hone my computer skills. cRc is an amazing Kashrus organization and I am proud to be a part of it.
In my “spare time” I continued working on my learning tools – which I named SHAZAK… meaning absolutely nothing – it just sounds Jewish, is catchy, politically correct and most important was available on the web. Of course, later I came up with some explanations... 1. see home page... 2. Shazak is a contraction of Sh'olom and Ch'azak.