The beginning of the school year is a hectic time, especially for Mechanchim. Nevertheless, over 100 teachers and principals took time from their school work to attend an educational and inspirational Chai Elul farbrengen.
The farbrengen, titled “Be alive to enliven your students” was led by noted Mashpia & Mechanech, Rabbi Yossi Paltiel of Crown Heights, who enthralled the crowd with his insightful ideas and inspirational anecdotes.
He expounded on the way the Baal Shem Tov and the Alter Rebbe taught and urged the Mechanchim to utilize the methodology. “While getting your students to really work is vital to their growth, I would trade 100 pounds of academic aptitude for a pound of faith” he said.
“Chassidus transcends intellect, it reaches the Neshama naturally” he said. “It doesn’t make sense that people are afraid of learning Tanya, why are they afraid? Because it works!”
“Children have to be taught Yiras Shamayim. We do Mitzvos the best way possible. We don’t look for Heteirim Chassidim are Lchatchila people!”
“To inspire your students raise them, uplift them like the Baal Shem tov did. If during the Baal Shem Tov’s time, the world was in such a spiritually weakened state, described by Tanya as ‘fainting’ מצב של התעלפות ,, necessitating that strong inspirational methodology then, how much more so now!” He thundered.
The farbrengen lasted numerous hours with Chassidishe nigunim warmly being sung. “There was a special feeling of התעוררות and התרוממות (spiritual elevation)!” many Melamdim commented.
Director of Igud Hamelamdim Rabbi Avrohom Bluming says that he is excited about the new school year. “We look forward to empowering our children’s leaders in every way, thereby ensuring the best Chinuch for them. We have exciting plans for this year – for both the teachers and students.”
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