Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Rebbe "We Must Give A Proper Education"

"The Rebbe's impact upon Jewish education is very noteworthy. He saw to it early on in his term of leadership that educational materials were developed to reach out both to adults and to children"

-Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

I would like to present part of a very unique letter of the Rebbe on the importance of education, the Letter was written to Vice President Walter F. Mondale He was the forty-second Vice President of the United States (1977–1981) under President Jimmy Carter. Also included is an interesting picture of the Rebbe (part 89 in the series) special thanks to Rabbi Asher Lowenstein and Rabbi Kromby.

"Education, in general, should not be limited to the acquisition of knowledge and preparation for a career, or in common parlance "to make a better living!" We must think in terms of a "better life," not only for the individual, but also for society as a whole. The educational system must, therefore, pay more attention, indeed, the main attention, to the building of character, with emphasis on moral and ethical values.

The skepticism on the part of those who, at present, oppose the Administration's educational program (of which you make mention in your Remarks) is, I believe, in large measure due to the shortcomings of the educational system in this country, which leaves much to be desired in the way of achieving its most basic objectives for a better society. In a country, such as ours, so richly blessed with democracy, freedom of opportunity, and material resources, one would expect that such anti-moral and anti-social phenomena as juvenile delinquency, vandalism, lack of respect for law and order, etc. would have been radically reduced, to the point of ceasing to be a problem. Hence, it is not surprising that many feel frustrated and apathetic.

I submit, therefore, that the Administration's resolve to restructure the Federal education role - long overdue - would be well served if it were coupled with greater emphasis on the objective of improving the quality of education in terms of moral and ethical values and character building that should be reflected in the actual everyday life of our young and growing generation."

Good Shabbos,


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