By Shira Frank, LCSW
Due to the recent national crisis related to the public school massacre in Connecticut, the climate in American society is more open to embrace the Rebbe’s campaign for the Moment of Silence, in public schools.
The need for school children to focus on silence and introspection, can only help them to see a Greater Purpose in their lives.
On a simple level, a child can use the moment to decide not to tease or fight with a classmate or sibling, or to be more respectful towards a teacher.
The Rebbe stressed the importance of having a student’s parent tell them what to think about, and focus on during this moment, the night before the student attends school. This can only help improve the communication between parent and child – (even if they disagree!)
According to the Rebbe, if a child has the merit, the child will come to know that there is an Eye that sees, and an Ear that hears, due to this moment of silence, (and the dialogue with their parents), about this. In this way, the moment will become a spiritual one.
R’ Avrhahm Frank has been working on this campaign for over 8 years, with 250 schools involved, on an international basis. Ranging from South Africa to Singapore, schools have begun to initiate a ‘Moment’ in their classrooms.
In recent weeks, Mr. Frank has presented ways to initiate the ‘Moment’ in Chabad of the Five Towns, and Chabad of Riverdale in New York, working with the Shliach Rabbi Levi Shemtov.
Plans to expand the campaign on a national basis, are presently being formed, with Mr. Frank and other concerned community members, both Jewish and non-Jewish.
If you are interested in further information about the Moment of Silence, and desire to be involved with this initiative, please look at momentofsilence.info.