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What do YOU think? - Beaalotecha

Wednesday, 10 June, 2020 - 12:45 pm

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One of the interesting rules I learned in my teaching studies is not to answer students’ questions. It is better to return the question and ask the student: what do you think? In the different classes I have taught so far, I saw it happening again and again. Most of the times, the only thing a child needs is some encouragement and/or direction. Returning the question to the students helps them get by themselves to the right answer, while improving their thinking skills so in the future, they are able to solve even problems that were never taught in the classroom.

This is exactly the message of the weekly Torah portion Behaalotcha. We learn about the lighting of the Menorah in the Holy Temple. The high priest who lit it daily had to make sure that every flame was lit well enough so it could continue to shine by itself, without external help.

Every one of us is like the Menorah – we have to shine and light the world around us. The Menorah consists of the body (the object) and the light. We too have our body and our soul. We always need to remember that our body is not the purpose, it is there just to serve the soul and allow its light to shine.

G-d “lights” us and gives us the power to accomplish His mission in this world. But we need to shine with our own light. This is why G-d gave us free choice and set up the world in a way that the right thing to do isn’t always easy. G-d gives us the power, but we need to decide to use it for the good.

When we help or teach someone, let’s have in mind to educate him/her in a way that in he/she will be able to stand on their own in the future .

Even when we are not in a friendly and encouraging environment, we can and must shine with our own special light.

Shabbat Shalom!


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