The Why

Tuesday, 18 June, 2019 - 3:49 pm



The Why


Turning to the traditions of our ancestors to help aide in our educational endeavors


By Rabbi Shneur Wilhelm, Principal

Earlier this month I was attending a strategic planning session. As I went through a list of topics, I was met with the question “Why?” by one of the participants.  Each topic was met with the same question - “Why?”  It was a great reminder to reflect on what motivation drives certain choices and decisions.

This also reminded me of the often-repeated question of “why” that many children bring to adults as they try to navigate their daily life.

Why is a very important question. It is a question we encourage and help to answer each day at the school as do all of you as parents, family, and community members.

While questions are always encouraged from students, it is important to remember our ancestors' response at the time of the giving of the Torah if they were ready to become the recipients of the Torah. Unanimously they responded with the [now] famous declaration “Na’aseh v’Nishma (Exodus 24:3-7); first “we’ll do” (obey), and then “we’ll listen” (learn).”

We are so lucky to have the tradition of our parents and ancestors and to be supported by them. As we explore the why and think further, let us not forget about how we came to who we are and what will propel us further.

On a personal note, as the school year comes to a close, I recognize how it takes a village to raise a child and I would like to thank and appreciate the Maimonides board, faculty and parent body for all their support and a wonderful year.

Wishing you a peaceful and happy summer! 

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