Thinking about the Sermon - Parshat Vayishlach
On Shabbat, I spoke about how our matriarch Rachel cared so much about the future generations of the Jewish People. This touches on the hot button topic of Jewish continuity. If we have children, grand children or great grandchildren, have we explained to them how much being Jewish means to us? Do they know why it's important to us? The best opportunity for Jewish continuity is when children see their parents and grand parents love being Jewish and that they have thought seriously about the nature of being Jewish.
Watch this video in which a famous lawyer tells of how his nephew reads from the Torah that his grandfather saved from a burning shul on Kristallnacht.
Read this story which questions whether we communicate our priorities clearly to our children.
Read this account of how grandparents can have a decisive influence on their grandchildren.