OPINION & COMMENT
This week someone made a sharp observation: "We all make mistakes in raising our children, but it's always possible to rectify them. Except for one mistake: spoiling our children." He did not mean excessive love or attention. He was referring to establishing clear limits for children.
Speech as a Reflection of Our
Educators stress that during the vacation time one needs to be extra wary of harmful environments. Leaving the yeshiva's beis medrash, our present-day Noach's ark, for bein hazmanim, and the temporary pause of studies in cheders and Beis Yaakov schools, are liable to cast young people into a dangerous confrontation with modern society's hazards. In the last brocho of birchos hashachar we daven daily: "Do not bring us . . . into the power of challenge."
For the Sake of Torah and For the
Sake of Yisroel
The cycle of the Jew's existence revolves around a very precise and marvelously exact orbit between "And for all the mighty hand and for all the great fear which Moshe did before the eyes of all Yisroel," which concludes the Torah, and "In the beginning Elokim created the heavens and the earth" at the beginning of the Torah. There is not even one moment's pause from "the mighty hand" -- which, notes Rashi, "received the Torah as the Tablets, in his hands" -- until "Bereishis boro . . . "
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