February 24, 2017

Dear C. B. I. Members and Friends,

Many years ago, when I was a young teacher and I used to teach in high school, someone asked me what it feels like to be an educator? I replied that it’s incredibly hard work but it is the most rewarding job and every day is different. It is a passion!

To teach is not only to talk. To teach is not only theory. It is to guide by example and be coherent about what you are saying and what you are doing. It is easy to say to a student or a son what to do, but you must do it yourself.  If not, it is only about words flying with the wind. In our Jewish tradition,  both the action and the study are important.

I found this short story and thought that I would like to share it with you:

Snow and wind blew wildly on a white, winter day. Despite the dangerous weather conditions, a villager decided to visit a friend in the next village. The friend lived beyond a steep and rugged mountain. The villager had climbed the dangerous trail for several minutes, plowed through the drifts of snow and along the edge of a precipice, when he heard a soft voice call out, “Be careful, father, I’m walking in your steps.”

“You can’t go everywhere your kids go – but your words can.”
“We teach what we know, but we reproduce what we are.”
“It’s not what you are that counts. It’s who you are.”

I wish you all Shabbat Shalom Umevorach!

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow in schule, if not before at the Kabbalat Shabbat tonight.

Rabbi Gad Romang