“When the Rebbe Rashab (Rabbi Sholom Dovber Schneersohn, the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe) was a little boy of about four or five years of age, he entered the room of his grandfather, the Tzemach Tzedek (Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, the third Lubavitcher Rebbe), and with tears in his eyes he asked his grandfather why Hashem revealed Himself to Avraham but not to us. His grandfather answered him, ‘When a Jew who is a tzaddik decides at the age of 99 to circumcise himself, he deserves that Hashem should reveal Himself to him.’”
Entries in chinuch (20)
One of the special things about the Ohr Menachem school for girls in Tzfas is how they are taught to connect to the Rebbe through writing to him via the Igros Kodesh. This starts with the principal, Mrs. Nechama Navon, continues with the staff of supervisors and teachers, and on to the parents and students themselves. * How is this done? What positive influence does this have? How do the professionals from the Education Ministry react? * An interview with Mrs. Navon
In our previous articles we discussed the Torah view of Jewish kings in general and King Moshiach in particular. We wrote that the life of Malchus Beis Dovid – and Moshiach specifically – and their ability to accomplish their mission, originates from the nation that they lead.
How can we educate children so that even when they are on their own, they will go on the path we laid out for them? What power do we Chabad Chassidim have in chinuch that nobody else has? Where do we really install the filters in today’s advanced technological world? * Answers to these questions, along with two moving stories in this practical article on chinuch, part 2 of 2, by R’ Nachman Twersky, a longtime mechanech in Crown Heights.
They grew up in old-time Lubavitcher families and were raised on Geula and Moshiach from childhood. The ability to explain things, along with their fascinating lectures, were known already in their youth, and at a relatively young age they displayed superlative talent in their life’s work – raising the next generation of Chabad. * In this joint interview, R’ Gershon Avtzon of Cincinnati and R’ Sender Wilschansky of Milan, discuss the integration of the pleasantness and appeal that is characteristic of Chabad along with unyielding firmness, the inner source for a lack of involvement in publicizing the Besuras HaGeula, and their common chinuch approach: no to compromise and yes to principles.
In our previous article, we started going through the explanation process to some of the basic questions that our younger bachurim have. We finished off last lesson by quoting the Rambam that explains in great detail the greatness of Melech HaMoshiach. I would like to continue that discussion, by addressing the question that is most likely to follow:
Thank you for your responses to my articles. I have received many comments and questions about the current series on Moshiach and Chinuch and I would like to take the opportunity to address some of them.
In our previous article we discussed the basic principle of Chinuch, that before you can demand anything from them and expect positive results (you can always demand…) they must feel that you trust and care for them. As the famous truism goes: “They won’t care how much you know, till they know how much you care.”
In our previous article, we outlined the purpose of this current series on Chinuch, which is to clarify the Rebbe’s approach to chinuch in our generation in general, and more specifically in our current times, when the Rebbe stressed that everything we do has to be permeated with Moshiach.
Our veteran correspondent, R’ Nosson Avraham, who also works as an experienced practitioner in the field of education, recently hosted his friend, Rabbi Avraham Tzatzik, for a one-on-one discussion. Rabbi Tzatzik is a prominent educator in the Chassidic-Chareidi community and the developer of the “Cycles in Gemara” approach. They spoke about the main emphasis in education, the correct way to help a child, the dangers of modern-day technology, and the objectives we must set for ourselves.