Today is August 20, 2019 -
Author W. Hodding Carter said, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings.”
Before turning our children loose in the world, we have a brief moment and must take advantage of every available opportunity to mold them into the adults that we’d like them to be. And then, we turn them loose and hope for the best.
Ilana and I have really tried. We’ve studied the reports. We know, demographically, what ties kids to Judaism. Our children have been educated. They’ve gone to camp. They go to synagogue. They were active in youth group. They’ve been to Israel. Have we done enough? Could we have done more?
Our oldest daughters are home on break this week. Jenny said this morning, “For Shabbat dinner, I’m making Devorah Leah’s (University of Rochester Chabad rebbetzin) cauliflower. It’s my favorite.” These eight words made us very happy.
Parents: Don’t miss the opportunity to have your teenagers mingle with other Jewish teenagers in the area. At the Albany Jewish Community Center (AJCC) tomorrow (Saturday) night, we are co-sponsoring, with the AJCC, a teen Purim bash. Participating organizations include: BBYO, CBEYG, GOHTY, YOBS, Mifgash Jewish Community High School, and Lev Ruach USY. Everyone is welcome.
I repeat, “Don’t miss the opportunity!”