Latest update: March 29th, 2013
When a son asks, “What’s this” it means that we took certain things for granted along the way and failed on some level to impress upon him the centrality of the evening. The answer therefore that the Torah prescribes is a return to basics. We must give him a quick history and theology lesson. The wise son reflects a situation when we thought correctly about the future and presented our children with a curriculum appropriate for their needs. The tam reflects a situation where we did not properly align the curriculum with his needs.
Menachem Begin had it right. Our current decisions must be in line with our future needs. Leaders, teachers and parents must always remember this. Peter Drucker framed this very interestingly. “Long range planning does not deal with future decisions. It deals with the future of present decisions.”
About the Author: Rabbi Dr. David Hertzberg is the principal of the Yeshivah of Flatbush Middle Division and is an adjunct assistant professor of History at Touro College.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.
If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.