When Miriam makes a racist slur against Moses’ wife because of her African origins, God intervenes to educate Miriam about how words can be hurtful. This week’s Torah portion teaches us that education can have healing powers. Here in our Temple community education is at the heart of what we do. We strive to pass on the best Jewish teachings from generation to generation (L’Dor v’Dor).
Tonight, at our Friday night service, we will honor all our teens who lead our congregation as Madrichim (teaching assistants.) We will also thank Stephanie Ben Simon for her past two years as the head of our Religious Education program.
It is a popular Jewish tradition to send children to camp. Camp is an immersive educational experience in which children learn independence and resilience. Tonight, we invite all the children who are going off to camp to come to the Temple for a special blessing. There will be ice-cream at the Oneg for the young and the young at heart.
“How goodly are your tents oh Jacob,” is the Torah’s description of the first camp experience of the Jewish people. Please join us tonight in an intergenerational blessing for our youth as they prepare for their upcoming summer education.
Rabbi David Wilfond