In a world often lacking clear moral direction, the Lubavitcher Rebbe emphasizes the role of educating children with Moshiach in mind. * The education of children today becomes a lens through which we can envision a harmonious world under Moshiach.
When it comes to the concept of Moshiach, Jewish tradition offers a reservoir of teachings and ideas that can guide us in the present and give us hope for the future. Among these, one that stands out is the approach toward educating children with a Moshiach-oriented perspective.
The topic is particularly salient in the newsletter "Living Moshiach," which outlines the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s viewpoint on child education. The Rebbe states that the "education of the small school children needs to be in such a way that the small children become completely permeated deep within with... 'Moshiach'." This single statement encapsulates a profound vision for the future, where even the youngest among us are imbued with a sense of destiny and purpose.
The Rebbe's guidance echoes the seminal Torah instruction, "V'shinantam l'vanecha" – "You shall teach them diligently to your children" (Deuteronomy 6:7). The Ramban, commenting on this verse, explains that this duty goes beyond mere instruction; it is an all-encompassing endeavor to mold our children into vessels of Torah and mitzvos.
What's striking is how the Lubavitcher Rebbe's emphasis on Moshiach in education resonates with this timeless Torah teaching. It suggests a way of looking at the world and our children's place in it that is imbued with a sense of divine mission and ultimate redemption. This is not just pedagogy; it's a methodology for shaping the future in real-time.
The subject also ties into the larger themes of Jewish unity and Redemption. The Talmud (Sukkah 42a) shares that children would also participate in the Sukkos festivities, illustrating the crucial role of children in the practice of mitzvos and, by extension, the coming of Moshiach.
By aligning the education of our children with a focus on Moshiach, we can start to actualize the world we hope to see. After all, it's these children who will grow into the adults that shape society. By grounding them in the values and hopes encapsulated in the concept of Moshiach, we're planting seeds for a future replete with justice, peace, and divine awareness.
Let's consider the incredible impact that a Moshiach-centered education can have—not just on the individual child but on the collective soul of the Jewish people and, indeed, the entire world. And let us hope that through these efforts, the promise of Moshiach's coming will shift from future aspiration to present reality.