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Monday, December 30, 2013

Na Nach child rearing pt. 2

Every person must seek and search very much for an honest, upright and God-fearing teacher for his children, and beseech G-d very much about this, in order that his children’s teacher shouldn’t corrupt the holy breath of the mouths of the schoolchildren, which sustains the world.  (For due to our many sins, there now exist educational societies that aim to teach little Jewish children secular wisdoms – which are stupidity and darkness – as well as the languages of the gentiles (this subject is discussed in Liktutei Halachot, Hilchot Pesach 7).  These studies defile the holy breath of the mouths of schoolchildren, and as we observe empirically, these children subsequently grow up to be atheists, heretics and the like.  Therefore, Reb Noson writes there [in Likutei Halachot]: “Happy is he who keeps himself and his children far away from these people.”  A person has an obligation to refrain from enrolling his children in any school where even one of the children follows these evil paths and learns secular wisdom and languages – even if that child learns these paths in some other place.  For it is forbidden to have any connection whatsoever with these people.)
(Kitzur Likutei Moharan, I, 37)

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