There is a beautiful saying in our Talmud that “the world only exists due to the breath of schoolchildren” (Shabbat 119b).
This “breath” is interpreted to mean the recitation and study of Torah because no one brings as much innocence and joy to their days – breathes life into Torah – like a child.
Yet, it is upon us, the adults, families, and friends of our youngest members, to cultivate their innate spirituality, and convert this inherent curiosity and energy into action.
Whilst it is amazing to see our YEC thrive every Sunday morning, did you know that there is the opportunity to partake in this mitzvah on Shabbat, as well?
We do this on approximately the second Saturday of each month, Holy Blossom Temple holds Family Services upstairs in our Youth Chapel, where children come together to sing, to pray, to play, and to enjoy each other’s company both in the chapel and in special breakout rooms.
In other words, they have the chance to live and breathe Torah, and to find joy within it, as is their nature in our tradition.
Additionally, for their families and adults, it is an invaluable chance for them to experience the connection and closeness that community brings.
Our next Family Service is on Saturday, November 12, at 11 am, and they are co-led by renowned children’s musician David Gershon, and myself.
All are invited, and all are welcome to join the rest of the congregational family for our Kiddush lunch following.
Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about cultivating your child’s spiritual life, on Shabbat and every day, please CLICK HERE to learn more about our Parent Education Course, “Raising a Mensch”, team-taught by Rabbi Splansky and myself, starting Sunday, November 6, 9.30-10.30 am, and continuing for the next three weeks.
If Shabbat is known as a delight, then it is even more delightful to bring that Shabbat and Jewish spirit to our children and families. We look forward to seeing you there!
Rabbi Eliza McCarroll