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A "Moment of Silence" in school - Acharei-Kedoshim

Thursday, 22 April, 2021 - 7:11 am

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What is the “moment of silence” and why did the Rebbe encourage it?

Two thieves broke into a clothing store and started to empty it. As they were carrying the goods, one thief looked at the label of a dress, sees the expensive price and said in shock: “They are such thieves!”.

The Talmud tells us that a thief is like and idol-worshipper. But what is the connection between those two sins? One is about our relationship with G-d, and the other our relationship with fellow people. Also, why is there mention only about the thief who steals secretly at night and not the robber who steals openly and violently?

The robber does not care about anyone. He does not fear G-d but does not fear people either. On the other hand, the thief comes in hiding. He is scared to see people. But G-d? He does not care about Him, he does not fear Him… This is like idolatry because it shows the thief’s approach to G-d…

In 1983, the Rebbe said that the only way to raise and educate honest people is based on the faith in G-d. Each one of us needs to know that G-d always watches over us and cares about our actions. We may escape the policeman, but we can never hide from G-d. We need to act with honesty at every single moment.

The Rebbe proposed and encouraged to have a daily “Moment of Silence” in all schools, including public schools. A moment for all pupils, regardless of their religion, where each one will think about G-d and what He wants from the people. This has become a routine in many schools in the United States. The Rebbe insisted that the “Moment of Silence” does not concern only Jews, or only religious people but every one of us, in order to have an honest society.

Ας αρχίσουμε και εμείς να αφιερώνουμε ένα λεπτό κάθε μέρα σκεπτόμενοι τον Θ-ό. Ας ενθαρρύνουμε τους φίλους και συγγενείς μας να κάνουν το ίδιο. Και το σημαντικότερο, ας έχουμε πάντα στο μυαλό ότι ο Θ-ός μας κοιτά συνεχώς, και αυτό θα μας οδηγήσει να πράττουμε καλύτερα.

Let us start ourselves to dedicate one moment every day to think about G-d. Le us encourage our friends and relatives to do the same. And most importantly, le us always have in mind that G-d watches over us and this will lead us to behave better.

Shabbat Shalom,


Find out more about the Moment of Silence here


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