Most people don't realize the extent of self-sacrifice, both physical (financial, health, time, worry, etc.) & spiritual (e.g. their own learning, marriage, children) that rabbis, community leaders & general volunteers lose by serving their students & community. Rabbi's children especially suffer, resenting the high expectations from a very young age! Inevitably, some even rebel against religion or communal service, either consciously or sub-consciously holding "them" responsible for their lost time with their parent. Some rebel to gain their parent's attention. Rav Kook deals with these painful phenomena of literal Mesirut Nefesh (not just Mesirut "Guf"!) & the limits involved, explaining the importance of serving Am Yisrael= serving G-d.
Sometimes my wife scolds our children, in my opinion unfairly. I tell her what I think, but she becomes upset with me. She claims that I offend her in front of the children. I think its fine for children to see parents disagree. What is your opinion?
One of the wonderful things about childrearing is that according to a child's responses we can identify our own problems. Children read the picture very accurately, and by looking at ourselves through their eyes we are able to improve ourselves.
Our mid-teen son is busy with many activities: counseling in the youth movement, assisting handicapped children, etc. We feel as if these activities detract from his studies, and we have spoken to him about this, but he continues. What should we do?
This is both our good fortune and our obligation - to face challenges and trials, to prove ourselves worthy, to take responsibility for ourselves and for the entire world, and this is only possible with Jewish education.
For generations, the Jewish people have given scholarship precedence over all else. This is lacking today. Parents who, today, lead a life of freedom and irresponsibility should not expect their child to turn out honest, educated, and intelligent.
One of the traits which characterize the generation of the Redemption is "Chutzpah," insolence. We must devote careful consideration to the question of how, in so an insolent generation as our own, the trait of displaying honor can be strengthened.
We are witness today, on the one hand, to a process of liberation from confining frameworks. On the other hand, we find a desire for a great leader. Concepts which appear at first sight to be paradoxical, are actually two sides to the same coin...
Internet is becoming more and more popular these days. Its use has many implications as far as Jewish law is concerned. This article deals with the question of classifying damages caused through Internet usage from the perspective of Jewish law.
The concept of "summer vacation" really deserves a closer look. If we were to ask parents, many would describe the school vacation period as nothing but trouble. Yet, It also has its positive side and it is important to acknowledge this.