Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Education and Consecration

And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
Genesis 22:6

Abraham and Isaac are called upon to tread the path of supreme sacrifice, yet Scripture records of father and son, “And they walked both of them together.” Is there similar unity of heart and soul between you and your child?

Education is the shibboleth of the hour; but in Judaism the word for “education” is the same as for “consecration’.” Is your child being consecrated for a life of beneficence for Israel and humanity?

The object of education is not merely to enable our children to gain their daily bread and to acquire pleasant means of recreation, but that they should know God and serve Him with earnestness and devotion.

(Hertz, Dr. J.H., The Pentateuch and Haftorahs, 2nd Ed., Soncino Press, London, 1992, pg )

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