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Blog: Educational Thoughts, Inspiration and Tips!

Where Is The Fire? By Rabbi Shneur Wilhelm

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Jacob had concluded his apprenticeship by the leading blacksmith in Amsterdam and moved to a new city where he announced the grand opening of his blacksmith the following Monday.

As hundreds of people gathered to watch as he begins his first product, Jacob started working. Then it happened. Nothing worked! Try as he might, he couldn't get anything to form!

Humiliated, he returns to his teacher and shares everything. Announcing the grand opening, gathering of people and nothing working. After much thought his teacher slowly raised his head and asked, "Jacob, did you light the fire under the table?"

Over three years Jacob had spent learning the craft perfectly. Yet the heart of the task had been ignored.

As parents, are we demanding or inspiring our children? As educators, are we teaching academics or educating the next generation? We must share the fire: the meaning and warmth of life. The meaning and warmth of our expectations and teachings.

At Maimonides, we place great emphasis on giving students a meaningful and warm experience.

Of Shepherds and Teachers

While taking his sheep out to pasture, young David recognized how the strong sheep would run ahead of the flock and eat the grass, leaving nothing over for the young and elderly animals. What could be done? David created three different pens for the sheep, releasing the lambs and older sheep first to eat, followed by the stronger ones. When G-d saw the attention, love, and care that David showed to each individual sheep, He said, "You will be the King, because you are someone who will consider the specific and unique needs of all your people."
 

As parents and educators, we recognize the uniqueness of each individual. Everyone has something to share, and a way to inspire and change the world. Each child is priceless!

This is the monumental task of an educator, and one we place great emphasis on here at Maimonides - giving each child a personal, meaningful, and relevant education!

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