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Our Children Are So Amazing!

10/06/2014 11:13:44 AM


Do some of you remember Art Linkletter and his show: “Kids Say the Darndest Things?” Out of the mouths of babes came rather humorous remarks. We enjoyed their sincerity, while they, with great assurance, pronounced such funny ideas.

Although the following wasn't on his show, it is an example of what could have been.  This comes from

G-d's Little Acre:  Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?"  "Because white is the color of happiness and today is the happiest day of her life," her mother tried to explain, keeping it simple.  The child thought about this for a moment, then said, "So, why's the groom wearing black?"

Ah, now you know why, in traditional Judaism, the groom wears a white kittel. (Of course, there is a deeper reason for this!)

Yes, everyone enjoys the breath of fresh air that children bring! Now, let me tell you one example of how our children in our religious school give us a an amazing and important gift. I will share with you an example of their insightful questions on very complex theology!

Two of our students, Ben Finkel and Rebecca Schneider, members of Missy Schneider and Pam Friedman's class, have asked many good questions about G-d. I understand that these arose during Missy's time with our children. She had our students compile them. Then they presented me two sheets of paper that contained these queries.

At the Shabbat Kiddush, Ben and Becca, sometimes joined by other youths, discuss deep theology with me. I am absolutely thrilled that our youths are asking these essential and profound questions!

Here they are:

Does G-d exist?

Where is G-d?

Is G-d a person? What does G-d look like?

Why can't I see G-d?

Can G-d talk to me?

Does G-d listen when we pray?

How does G-d do things like creation?

How did G-d make the Torah?

How did G-d make me?

Why did G-d make me?

Where is heaven? How do you get there?

Why isn't G-d there for me when I'm sad?

Why does G-d allow sad and bad things to happen?

Why did G-d make hatred in the world?

Wow! Are you impressed? I am! I love how our children are so insightful!  I love that our religion encourages questions! I am overjoyed that we can talk and learn together!

In fact, some of our adults, hearing about this, have asked if we could do the same thing in the future. So, if you are interested, let me know, please.

Speaking about a request, I was asked if I would have a class using Rabbi Telushkin's book: A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy.

Beginning in November, I would like to have such a class with all who are interested. This would be  an 11 a.m. class either on Wednesday or Friday.

Please let me know if you wish to be part of this class, and which day is better for you.

Looking forward to a year of learning Torah and incorporating its teachings in our life, as we embark on the New Year 5775.

As I close, I wanted you to consider two points about the New Year. First of all, 5775 is a palindrome! This won't happen again for a century.  Second, the Hebrew word made from these letters spells: Tisheh, תשעה, which can be translated: “You shall consider (or pay heed).”  Let us consider and pay heed to each day of this year, to make it the best we can!

Looking forward to seeing you in shul,

Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan

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