The goal of this blog is to add rhythm to your Shabbat table. Please print and share.
YESTERDAY I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
I gave our oldest child his first driving lesson.
Someone asked me if I have any more gray hairs.
(As an aside, many of my gray hairs first appeared during my first year as a classroom teacher. Not making this up.)
Quite frankly, it was a delicious, wonderful experience and I savored every moment.
It says in Pirkei Avot (the Jewish book of ethics) that a wise person "learns from everyone".
Question for your table: What can you learn from your child during his first driving lesson?
In my opinion, the above sign says it all.
Think about how driving is different from most every other skill you teach a kid.
Chances are, the parent has a high degree of skill (or sees himself as having a high degree of skill). And the car is a potential lethal weapon. The stakes are high.
If that doesn't help you cultivate patience, I don't know what would.
Some things take time. Patience helps. A wise person sees time as an opportunity to prepare.
Take matza for instance. We're supposed to eat it for a whole week.
Some people savor every day of matza. Some count down the days until they can eat chametz again.
What kind of person are you?
For some people reading this, Passover is already a week-old memory.
One way we keep the message of the matza alive for the next six weeks is to look at a selection from Pirkei Avot every Shabbat afternoon.
Here's this week's selection:
Yehoshua ben Perachyah said: Make for yourself a teacher, get yourself a friend, and judge everyone towards merit.
The question for you and your table is: Are these just three random ideas, or is there a connection between them?