The Iraqi Garden of Peace
Garden of Wisdom, Lesson #25: No Joy, No Success

Loving the Torah

Moishie and LB
Every year on Shavuot, we receive the Torah anew.

If we want our children to love Torah, we have to love the Torah and we absolutely must love them, no strings attached, and give them as much attention as we possibly can.

Lately, with the school year coming to an end, many parents have been seeking my advice as to their children who are unhappy in their current Torah schools. My blanket answer is to search for a school where the teachers love every child in the class. My grandchildren here in Ashdod are fortunate enough to learn in such schools. As such, they look forward to each new day at school. In the Vishnitzer Cheder where my grandson learns, the report card is a 4-page handwritten personal letter to the parents, addressing every aspect of the child's academic, spiritual and social growth. The caring teacher does that for all the 22 boys in his class!

No one said that teaching is easy. Every profession has its difficulties and challenges. But, if a person wants to teach Torah, says the Vishnitzer Rebbe shlit'a, he has a solemn obligation to love every child in the class. If he can't, then it's best for everyone involved that he engage in a different line of work.

Don't ever forget what Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a teaches: "If you don't live it, you can't give it." When our children see us lovingly engaged in Torah, they'll want a peace of the action. A parent has no moral or ethical right to tell his child to sit down and learn when he himself is not. And don't ever forget - if we want our kids to love Torah, we must love them. Blessings for a lovely Shavuot!

Moishie and LB 2


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Beautiful post and beautiful grandchildren. Shalom and blessings to you and your family, Rabbi Brody.

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