Jun 16, 2015
Where Are Our Leaders?
A Crown Heights teacher writes that a group of Rabonim finally showed her and her high school students what leadership should be.
By a teacher
I teach Limudei Kodesh in one of our Crown Heights community High Schools, and I have an agenda beyond getting through the curriculum and my students knowing the material. I try to see to it that my girls "go crazy" over Chazal. Maybe I'm off, but I see this being the only way for Yiddishkeit to be the "in thing."
What I find to be my biggest challenge is "Where are they?"
Who are the heroes? Where is our leadership? Now, Baruch Hashem we have some close to home. We have a Rebbe, who sees beyond his community, his city and state, and gets us all to see things this way. And every dedicated selfless Shliach exemplifies this.
My issue is that girls are about learning, and learn that Rabbonim are the "Eyes of the Eida (congregation)". They don’t usually have a chance to see the Rov’s involvement with the community. As adults, we know how much Rabbonim give of their time, effort... in the realm of business, tahara, sholom Bayis etc.
My students, however, only see an occasional kashrus question. There isn't an opportunity to see, hear or hold onto the guidance of Rabanim (like there would be by hearing a pulpit speech, hearing parents at home discuss the Rov's guidance and help to them, etc.).
I must say thank you to them for their most recent gesture, the "Summer Guide" for Chabad girls! It was the best thing that hit my class! I remember 3 years ago, when several Rabanim joined to compile halochos for girls going to summer camps. They had to put up with lots of negativity, unfortunately, from Shluchim, the schools, the girls and many others. So, for them to have this on their minds and to be ready to get in the hot water again is commendable.
Leadership takes the ability to see beyond yourself. As the saying goes, 'EVERY ONE THINKS OF THEMSELVES'. At this time of year when girls come to life, their creativity, energy and social skills come to play in full color. But who's thinking about guiding both the girls and bochurim ? Who is guiding the Shluchim, the Counselors and Head staff?
6 Lubavitcher Rabbonim responsible for their own communities, write, re-write, edit and endorse a booklet. And for whom?!
I explained to my girls, some of the halochos may be challenging to adhere to, some shluchim may tell you, "I follow a different Rav."
You’ll need to figure it out - these rabanim are there for any girl who wants to stand up for what’s right. They are backing you! THEY OFFERED. So call them...
This was one class of mine, where I felt I wasn't talking about Rabbonim, I was actually showing them Rabbonim!
Thank you to Rabbonim Shochet, Rabbi Telsner and Dayan Raskin. Rabbi Osdoba, Rabbi Shwei and Rabbi Braun. You are our heroes; You are an inspiration at least to one class consisting of a teacher and 26 students.
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