Rebbe’s Directive: Tip Your Teachers!



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    Rebbe’s Directive: Tip Your Teachers!

    In 5741 the Rebbe spoke about children giving Tzedaka during Chanukah ● When the Sicha was prepared for printing the Rebbe added a full sentence stating “the custom which spread to various communities, that the children bring money to their teachers on Chanukah together with other presents” ● Full Story

    During the Farbrengen of Shabbos Parshas Toldos 5741, the Rebbe said:

    “It is now appropriate to talk about the education of Jewish children.

    On Chanukah there is a special emphasis regarding the Jewish children: The Acharonim bring down a custom which connects Jewish children with the idea of Tzedaka – that on Chanukah Jewish children should give Tzedaka.

    Surprisingly we don’t see this custom being adhered to today, and at least from now and on, they should follow said custom.”

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    After Shabbos, when the Va’ad Hanochos Hatmimim prepared this Sicha to print, they were unable to find a source for this custom, and more so – the Magen Avraham writes that the poor children had a custom to go from door to door to collect money, the exact opposite of what the Rebbe said!

    The Rebbe responded to them:

    “On the word “Acharonim” – After the reference to the (Magen Avraham) add: a reference to the custom that the students would bring to their teachers (their salary? Chanukah Gelt?) on the days of Chanukah, and therefore they are called . .” and added that they should speak with the librarian R’ Chaim Lieberman and find out the exact source.

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    The editors then wrote a revised version of this footnote, adding the source that they found, the book “Chemdas Yomim,” The Rebbe crossed out the source and rewrote the sentence to read as follows:

    “It is also brought down the custom which spread to various communities, that the children bring money to their teachers on Chanukah together with other presents.”

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