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Childhood innocence

Thursday, 4 February, 2010 - 11:23 am

Dear Friends, 

Every once in a while, children ask questions that make you realize how brilliant they are, and the great responsibility that each one of us has to respond to these questions in a way that will encourage them to continue thinking and to use their wisdom and talents.

In our family, this week it was Leibel. Chani was telling him how G-d renews life to the creation and at all times we need to be thankful for everything we are surrounded by, as a new gift from the creator.

 "If G-d in fact creates the world at every moment" asks Leibles "so how could we say that G-d rested on the seventh day; he still needs to give life to the creation?"

Now how many of us thought about that question before, and more so, how many of us are ready to answer this four year old’s question?

Kind Salomon said, "Raise a child in his way, so even when he is old, he will not depart from it." If we will be there to answer our children's questions, to help them learn in their way, we can insure that they will continue to thrive in a way that their brilliants and purity will not depart as they get older.

Chani joins me in wishing you Shabbat Shalom, 

Rabbi Meir Kaplan 


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