Entries in #842 (11)
When one is physically stuck in a place, somewhere he should not be, and not moving forward, then – notwithstanding his great progress within that place, advancing within that space, that realm – he is still in Mitzrayim! * If you’re stuck in a rut, know that it is Mitzrayim, and it is necessary to leave Mitzrayim and journey onward, until you arrive at Yarden Yericho, an allusion to “morach va’da’in – he [Moshiach] smells and renders judgment.”
“I was once invited to a base and I saw a long line of people waiting to put on t’fillin. I asked R’ Zushe how many soldiers put on t’fillin that day and he happily replied, ‘Several hundred.’” * This is not a description of the Six Day War when Mivtza T’fillin began, but a description of a chaplain who worked during the Sinai War in 5717/1956, ten years before the official start of Mivtza T’fillin.
What surprises me is that there is a factor in the situation which is rarely, if ever, used. This is to give a problem child a role of leadership with a group of younger children, through some school activity and the like. This usually goes a long way to encourage the child’s self confidence, as well as making the child more sociable, etc.
Everyone is currently speaking about “quotas.” It would be appropriate to recall the holy position of the Rebbe on this matter, combining absolute and indisputable adherence to the values of Torah study, while taking a real good look at the reality of the situation, without any political consideration or interests.
Shloimy knew that one of the keys to running a successful camp is to keep the campers busy: too busy to argue, too busy to fight, too busy to get bored or make trouble. He thought of what he could do to capture the boys’ interest, something meaningful…
The words of the Tzemach Tzedek to the Chasid to “make Israel here” were not intended to extinguish the Chasid’s passion for the Land of Israel. On the contrary, it was meant to take the ideal of the Land of Israel and extend it to his own turf. Moreover, making our own environment an extension of Israel is a stepping stone to getting there.
It sometimes happens in a person’s life that a certain event brings back memories of decades long past and then he discovers what really protected him and what saved his life. In this case, it was a camp counselor and ultimately, the Rebbe.
Rabbi Dr. Yosef Yitzchok Shagalow, a shliach and psychologist, analyzes the challenge of the Internet and says that in most cases it is an addiction in which the person substitutes the real world for a virtual world. * How does one identify the problem? How does one handle a child who is involved with the Internet? Why isn’t it enough to use a filter? * Part 4 in a series about the Internet.