Our children are not ours to do as we please. Their souls come from Hashem and are a tiny part of Him. Hashem entrusts them in our care for safekeeping, but they don't belong to us. Their bodies, although extensions of us as their DNA indicates, do not belong to us. They are not slaves and we don't own them. The duty of a parent is not to enslave a child or to use a child for his/her own benefit and/or self-gratification. Our responsibility is to raise our child to be a worthy servant of Hashem. By the way, that too is our obligation in regard to ourselves.
My beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush was in Ashdod earlier this week. He gave a shiur on parental obligation that jolted many parents out of their complacency and self-centered mode. As I was listening, I wrote the lesson down, and G-d willing, will be delivering it tonight in English.
Join us today for our weekly shiur and broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled "The Child's Guarantor," a vital shiur than any parent or prospective parent should not miss. It will take place, G-d willing, in the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7PM Israel time (12 noon EST); the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time. If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it later this coming week on Lazer Beams.