The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 1 July 2006 / 5 Tammuz 5766

Fathers and Sons

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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There is a beautiful program in Israel and other countries called “Avot u’Banim” – “Fathers and Sons”. By offering treats and prizes to elementary school-age boys if they study over the weekend with their fathers in a central synagogue, this program has created an exciting revolution in father-son relations and has remarkably increased weekend Torah study.

While the father is almost always in the role of teacher, the opposite is sometimes true. The program directors are fond of showing a photo of a non-observant truck driver studying with his son who somehow is enrolled in a religious school. Anxious to participate in the program, the youngster brought along his father and began to teach him Chumash.

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