Jun 16, 2015
Where Are Our Leaders?
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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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We need more teachers like this!!
heart warming!
(6/16/2015 10:33:38 AM)
THank you rabbonim...

No one else can say what you can!
(6/16/2015 10:34:08 AM)
Its been year's that my children tread through the system, and I feel that they are lacking in Yiras shomayim…

BUT, they are doing fine on their grades and test… what we need are to hire such teachers!!

Lemme quote: 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."

You are 1000% right.
Thank you!!
(6/16/2015 11:15:52 AM)
I don't know about this..it raises many questions
It seems to me that these printed dinim will make all those counselors and staff and shluchim be 'over' on things willingly.

Almost all gan israel camps have girl counselors for young boys, they all sing all the time, every camp i ever went to the counselors sang in front of their campers and certainly, the male no jewish, bus drivers were not even thought of
Some of these other dinim are really strict and make running a camp even more difficult than it already is for shluchim...
(6/16/2015 11:20:07 AM)
Kol Hakavod!
Our Rabbonim are of course incredible, KA"H. And this kind of education gets 5 stars from me!
(6/16/2015 11:24:56 AM)
great teacher
The way this teacher shows such respect and reverance for Rabbonim is admirable and that's what this generation is missing (in Lubavitcvh)

I make sure to teach my children how amazing and respectable the Rav is. Chldren need to grow up in awe of the Rav. I bring my son over to the Rav of our shul every time he attends to say Good Shabbos. I hope this will be one little thing that will help in raising my children with the proper respect for our leaders.
(6/16/2015 11:57:24 AM)
Kol haKavod to the author
(6/16/2015 12:34:54 PM)
aight sounds like this reached all the girls schools.
I hope this reaches the male shluchim as well
(6/16/2015 12:44:33 PM)
I love the respectful intro how to speak to rabbonim
Must see!
last pages of this beautiful booklet.

In general, people should prepare themselves before they talk. specifically when calling a figure Rov!!!

I've seen and heard too much :(
(6/16/2015 12:48:51 PM)
to number 4
So taking your logic to the obvious conclusion, we should allow mixed sitting in shuls, touching, etc, so as to make it easier to be mekarev people.

The Rebbe repeated numerous times: hevai mekarvun l'torah. Bring people closer to the Torah, not the Torah closer to people.

If shluchim want their camps to achieve their desired objectives, they should run them as the Rebbe wants. Otherwise, they may get more kids, but it will be counterproductive.

(6/16/2015 12:52:00 PM)
I just got this booklet yesterday in class. Im wondering how this can work out in camp- im going with a group of friends to day camp- i think the olderst bunk is 10 years old== mixed. (even though im pretty sure that in most camps by that age kids are split)
i hope it works out- i expect the director to try as hard as we are to make it work
(6/16/2015 1:08:03 PM)
Director has a different rav
That's fine, but he can not force you to violate what your Rav tells you.
(6/16/2015 1:16:34 PM)
go rabboim
Thanks for all these publishe'd halachos applicable to the current holiday or times...... it really helps s do things right!
(6/16/2015 2:08:15 PM)
interesting thing...
Beautiful article first of all. Very important and necessary for people especially students and teenagers to see that people and especially people who are in a place of leadership in that they are educators- respect the leaders above them.

One thing stuck out though from what you wrote: 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."

As a mechanech myself, I want to bring in a different aspect to that concept. In my opinion this way of obviously very important but cannot be an independent method in teaching. I am not coming to negate this because it is a very known concept that giving student chayus in learning is an essential key to learning itself. My issue more is with your usage of language. "crazy." Anything that is "crazy" is in fact exciting but because it is extreme. We don't use the word crazy for normal daily occurrences and there's a reason for that. It is very captivating but may not be long lasting. There is a well known expression "chassidus munt pnimius." Its very important for them to internalize what they are taught on a real level. This takes work, and the first step to this is maybe making things "crazy inspiring, interesting.." but that cannot be the goal of an entire years worth of learning.

Just wanted to point that out and again I am no way trying to negate or bash any of your personal opinions.
(6/16/2015 2:17:41 PM)
Thank you for publicizing the booklet again.
To #4, too many Shluchim are causing our girls (and boys) to be doing things that are NOT allowed according to Halacha.

As a girl, I had a Shliach try to convince me that it was fine to be a counsellor over boys over 9, and I called the Rov he asked me to, and of course the Rov said no. I also called another Rov, who likewise said no.

Please continue talking about this, not only for the summer, but for girls who go on Shlichus for the year.

How lucky are the girls who have this teacher! We need more teachers with sensitivity to Halacha, and Yiras Shamayim.
(6/16/2015 2:53:58 PM)
Thank you! I think every class from grade 7 and on should have the students asking a question to Rabbonim as part of their curriculum. Also, students should be taught not only the chain of mesora but a lot of biographies of each generation in the mesora. There is a lot of ignorance about this.
(6/16/2015 3:21:56 PM)
It is possible!
As a post sem girl who has done many camps for shluchim around the globe, I have sent that when Halacha is a priority, you can make everything else work-I hope this can help #4.

For instance, instead of singing on the bus with over age 9 boys and with a male driver, the head counselor prepared tzivos Hashem booklets. The kids got really into learning and being tested on them. And singing was done at other times.
(6/16/2015 4:52:47 PM)
To #16
Like all best things, that is so simple, though brilliant!
(6/16/2015 5:05:03 PM)
I totally agree in concept. however you might be a little outta touch...

Our teachers, and this DEAR LOVELY teacher is up against such strong winds and influences from the outside world. that a Mechanech or Mechaneches Must have this passion of "Going Crazy" over kedusha in order for the students to have an "balanced" view.

I do however agree that the word isn't the best choice! BUT in my opinion, she is spot on!!!
(6/16/2015 5:08:33 PM)
do what I did...
To the p a discussingarent of #11..

sit down for a DMC. and learn it together, questions are legitimate! And call a rov if very necessary.

Model a discussion... this is what our children need, it works!
(6/16/2015 6:37:34 PM)
go amazing teachers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(6/16/2015 8:13:04 PM)
Thank you CGI
Many CGI's are very careful in following these guidelines in planning and running their day camps. Thank you to the Shluchim and Shluchos for giving our children fabulous summer experiences and ensuring that all is well both bigashmiyus and biruchniyus!
(6/16/2015 10:07:34 PM)
I love it
Best thing we should be focusing is chazal. They are our heritage and they formed Judaism, they were brilliant people and tzaddikim and we have what to be proud of. The brilliance of chazal is an incredible way to instill Jewish pride.
(6/17/2015 4:08:27 AM)
Just give me the name of this teacher...
My child can use a heavy dose of this Chinuch..
(6/17/2015 11:50:32 AM)
Only through COLlive did i get this booklet (Sadly...) but when i did, i made some amendments based on these pesokim.

as much as possible under the time constrains...

PLEASE next year wake up earlier..
(6/17/2015 11:52:24 AM)
comment to number14
(6/17/2015 12:40:19 PM)
Rabbi Chaim Jacobs
Dear Ladies and girls of Lubavitch

At this special time it is a must to stress the urgent need for chizuk of Tzinius by girls and women and particular in Crown Heights. Years ago is was unheard of to wear short skirts, low neck tops, short sleeved tops etc.

Ladies help bring a brocha to yourself and your family by strengthening Tzinius

Please dress in a way that if Moshiach comes right now you will not have to run to the tailor to have your clothes altered or have to buy new clothing!!!

Please for your own sake and the sake of your husbands and chilkdren dress in a modest way

We all know the power of the brocha for dressing modestly

Rabbi Chaim Jacobs

Glasgow Scotland

(6/17/2015 5:32:56 PM)
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