By a grateful mother
Kosher Day. Every year it’s a bit of a struggle, and yet again, today I was feeling anxious while awaiting my son’s return home from school.
But, the day took a sweet twist, thanks to a devoted mechanech with a little foresight.
Like other years, Tzivos Hashem organized a fabulous Kosher Fest, where young and old celebrate eating kosher while enjoying treats and entertainment.
While my younger children are out of school in time to attend, my older son is not.
And every year, his complaint: “Other boys’ Tattys take them out of school, why do I need to stay in class learning?“
“Are you the only boy left in school…?” I ask.
My child laughs… “But…still…”
So while a few parents use the day for quality time, I wonder. Should the school shut down for Kosher Day? It’s been hard in the past, as my child felt left out. But, I’ve learned to keep smiling and save something (non-perishable) for him.
However, this year, it turned out differently. Today after school my son came home with his hands full of candies, treats, a flashlight, and other small gifts. He was thrilled, and hardly noticed that he missed the event.
The principal had come into his class and announced, “We don’t stop children learning even for building the Beis Hamkidash! But the boys who stay in yeshiva to learn are the ones who really deserve the treats. So I drove to the fair and asked the booth owners: can my boys get some prizes too?”
All the booth owners were happy to provide treats and souvenirs for the boys. “We really want a part in their Limud HaTorah! Please take souvenirs and give them to the Talmidim after learning,” they said.
And so, each boy came to the principal’s office to choose a sticker and treat.
This experience was a reminder to all of us of true Chinuch. It is also a reminder about sensitivity to others, as it is difficult for children when others don’t keep to the rules.
I wish to thank the stores who took part in this special tzedokah – strengthening limud HaTorah and showing our boys what is truly important.
I especially wish to thank my son’s principal for teaching the children a valuable lesson about Torah learning, and for going out of your way to make the boys feel special.
With great appreciation,