Last week I spoke to shana bet, and this week I’m planning to speak to shana alef and shana bet together. The main point I wish to emphasize is the idea of appreciation. The Midrash teaches us that whoever denies the good that another person did for him in the end will deny the good Hashem has done for him. In other words, if you don’t appreciate another person then you don’t appreciate Hakadosh Baruch Hu. The Gemara and the Rambam emphasize that the only way to appreciate Hakadosh Baruch Hu is to appreciate other people. One of the main goals here at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh is to stress the importance of kibbud av va’em, honoring our parents. Just like we thank Hashem for our clothing every morning – “Baruch ata Hashem Elokeinu Melech Haolam malbish arumim”, we a
lso must thank Him: “Baruch ata Hashem… for giving me such parents”. From a strict halachic perspective parents aren’t obligated to support their child after the age of six. And you, parents, look at how much you’ve done for your
children beyond the call of duty – too much that’s why they don’t appreciate it. I grew up in a generation where you didn’t answer your parents. I have nothing against my mother, but she was what you would call a “strong helicopter mother”, and I never answered her. She had a very difficult life, as did my father who spent five years in prison in Germany. I never opened my mouth to my parents and never told them if they were right or wrong. The first time I told my mother she was wrong was when my father was very sick with Alzheimer’s and I felt that she, who
had just been through open-heart surgery a few months before, was taking too much physical work upon herself rather than delegating it to the nurse. She couldn’t trust anyone else with taking care of my father. I tell the boys – your parents are equal to G-d. This is one of the goals of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.
Shabbat Shalom from across from the Holy of Holies