I learned something from Stella, our 5th-grade Torah reader this week. She taught us that in this week’s parsha, the Torah instructs us that we must show gratitude for the food we have eaten, and pause to recite a blessing after meals. Those words of blessing transform a mundane act into something holy.
This reminded me of the blessings I used to write for my children when they were young, blessings that would turn annual back-to-school excitement into a holy moment.
Since Mirowitz already feels like an extension of my own family, I offer the following blessing, composed from many other blessings, as my hope for the coming year in partnership with you.
Mishebeirach doroteinu, may the one who blessed the generations before, bless us — the Mirowitz family of students, parents, teachers, and staff — as we begin a new year of learning and growth.
May we be a community that cares deeply about the connections we make, the value of each member, and our collective ability to better the world.
May we be blessed with a sukkat shalom, a shelter of peace, that keeps our children safe and surrounds them with chesed (kindness), rachameem (compassion), tzedek (justice), and kavod (respect).
May we, as parents and caregivers, be blessed with savlanut (patience) and chochmah (wisdom) to guide them. Help us to be in a partnership that places the needs of our children at the center of our decisions. May we be positive role models through our words and our behavior so we raise leaders who use their energy for good.
May every day bless Mirowitz students with the satisfaction of new learning. May they get their hands dirty, literally and figuratively. May they see the wonder in the little things.
Above all, each Shabbat as we light candles and bless our children, may we feel the joy in knowing that they spent their days in a place where they know they are loved. May that love empower them to bring goodness to the world.
Thank you for sharing your children with us. It is truly a blessing to be a part of their learning and growing. My door is always open, and I look forward to meeting with you often to answer your questions, address your concerns, or enjoy a moment of kvelling (compliment). We are partners in this journey of raising children to be menches (good humans).