Have you ever read a story, watched a film or maybe taken a trip where at the end of that story, film or trip, you are not the same person you were at the beginning? Something in that experience left you different, more awake, more aware, better. It was a blessing.
Such is the case for me this year as we read V’zot Hab’racha, the last parasha of the Torah. It recounts the final words of Moses to our people, including blessings for each of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Benjamin is offered the blessing of safety; Joseph, a blessing of bounty; Asher, a blessing for security…and so on. Each blessing is exactly the thing that tribe needs, and each will assist in bring forth a better world for future generations.
I am struck by God’s desire to give each tribe exactly the blessing they need, and am keenly aware that this can serve as a model for us as parents and as educators.
Children get only one childhood, and parents have the monumental responsibility of ensuring that it is filled with experiences that set them up for success and lead them to become their best. At Mirowitz, we are your partners in that sacred undertaking.
Small class sizes allow our teachers to focus on what each of their students need — intellectually, socially and emotionally.
Just as important, we purposefully empower our children to share their unique hypotheses and perspectives, to make their own mark, to find their own “letter in the Torah” (as your younger students did this morning), and to become the leaders our world needs.
And that is the greatest blessing of all.
Chazak chazak v’nitchazek!