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I love my village!

Thursday, 9 June, 2022 - 8:35 pm

Occasionally one can hear a child celebrating the end of their school year, “I’m finally free” or “Summer can’t come quick enough” are common expressions. Yet, that is never the case at Longfellow School where Zeesy and Menny attend. Just yesterday, they each individually expressed to me their sadness with school ending and how much they will miss their friends and teachers at this home away from home. It’s a truly amazing place of wholesomeness, where they are cherished by every staff member, and where academia is a priority, but where they also strongly value mental/emotional health, home/school balance and where my child isn’t a “number” but rather a soul in need of a rock-solid foundation.

In this week’s Torah portion, Naso, second in the Book of Numbers, we read about the roles that the Levi family played in the service of G-d in the Tabernacle. Interestingly the Hebrew word for “taking a census” or “counting” is “Naso”, which in Hebrew can also mean to “lift up”. Hashem was asking Moses to take the Levi census, but also to uplift those being counted. Sometimes when we count people, even with the greatest of intentions, some of those “people” can get lost in the mix, they can go unnoticed; so, we are reminded that we “must lift up”, recognizing each of those individuals, not as a number, but as a soul yearning for inner and societal stability.

I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating. Chavie and I are pretty decent parents, maybe even “good” parents, but there is no way that we could “raise” these gems, gifted to us with G-d’s incredible Providence, without the unbelievable support of their schoolteachers, Hebrew tutors, Jewish online school, counselors, energy healers, extracurricular instructors, community members, and all the people who believe in these children along with us. From the depth of my heart, I am grateful to every individual who has helped the progress and development of my children (and me).

It's takes a village, and Bozeman is an awesome village!  

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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