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    When we teach
    emunah, we receive

    Hashem’s brachos.
    Avraham Avinu would teach emunah when
    he performed hachnasas orchim. He would
    tell his guests, “Do you think you ate my
    food? Don’t thank me. Thank the One Who
    created the world and Who gave you the
    food” (see Rashi, Bereishis 21:33). In this
    way, he taught people about Hashem.
    The Rambam (Hilchos Avodas Kochavim
    1:2) writes, “[Avraham] told people that it is
    proper to serve Hashem and that they should
    bow to Him… He called forth in a loud
    voice to the entire world that they should
    know that there is one G-d in the world, and
    we should serve Him alone. Avraham would
    go from city to city and from country to
    country, and he would call out, and he built
    up a following until he came to Eretz
    Yisrael, and he proclaimed [the emunah
    there] as it states (Bereishis 21:33) ‘ He
    called in Hashem’s name.’”
    Hashem loves those who teach others to
    believe in Him and to go in His ways.
    Therefore, to become a melamed/teacher is

    a great privilege because it is an opportunity
    to train young children in emunah and to go
    in Hashem’s ways. But it is also a great
    The Baal HaTanya hired a melamed to
    study with his young son, Rebbe Dov Ber
    (who later became renowned as the Mitteler
    Rebbe zt’l). The
    Baal HaTanya
    said to the
    melamed, “Be
    aware that you
    are doing
    H a s h e m ’ s
    service, and it is a
    matter of life and
    death, because
    your students’
    spiritual life is in
    your hands, and
    spiritual life is more crucial than physical
    life. If you do your service well, you will
    earn credit for all the good deeds the
    children do, and you earn the merits of their
    children and their grandchildren forever.
    But if you don’t teach well, the children’s
    failure is because of you. Everything is in
    your hands. Think about this before you
    begin to teach, and Hashem will help you
    establish and mold good students. Your

    portion will be together with the great
    Parents also have the incredible merit of
    training their children in emunah and in
    going in Hashem’s ways. However, they
    also have a great responsibility. They must
    know that everything is in their hands. If
    they educate their
    children well, they
    will be rewarded for
    their children’s
    success and the
    success of their
    future generations.
    But if they are
    negligent, they will
    be held responsible.
    Hashem told
    Moshe Rabbeinu to
    appoint Yehoshua as
    his successor. Hashem said (Devarim 27:18)
    “Take Yehoshuah,” and Rashi explains that
    Moshe should take Yehoshua with words by
    telling him, “You are fortunate! You were
    granted the merit to lead Hashem’s
    Reb Shlomke of Zvhil zt’l said that a bas
    kol proclaims these words every day, to
    every melamed (and sometimes, when the
    melamed needs more chizuk, the bas kol
    will say it to him twice a day): “You are
    fortunate because you were granted the
    privilege to lead Hashem’s children.”
    We add that the bas kol probably says
    these words every day to parents: “You
    are fortunate because you were granted
    the privilege to lead Hashem’s children.”
    Rebbe Shlomke of Zvhil said that
    studying a daf Gemara on Shabbos is
    equivalent to studying five hundred blatt
    Gemara on a weekday. A chapter of
    Tehillim on Shabbos is equivalent to
    five hundred chapters of Tehillim on a
    weekday. We add that an hour of singing
    zemiros with the family on Shabbos is
    equivalent to five hundred such hours
    during the weekday.
    One of the antidotes against the yetzer
    hara is to sing songs to Hashem. The joy
    and inspiration of a nigun overpowers
    the lure of gashmiyos. Singing with the
    children on Shabbos is five hundred
    times more powerful and influential
    than a weekday.
    So, sing with the family and show
    them the joy of Yiddishkeit. This is one
    of the ways we teach our children to go
    in Hashem’s ways.

    Reb Yonoson Chever Shlita, son-in-
    law of the mashgiach Reb Dov Yafo zt’l,

    related that one Shabbos morning, while
    reciting pesukei d’zimra in a room near

    the beis medresh, he
    overheard the
    conversation of two
    young children, who
    were pretending to
    learn Gemara. They
    were seated in front
    of large Gemaros and
    sang the Gemara tune (although they
    couldn’t yet read the words).
    One child sang, Assur Assur Assur. The
    second child asked, Assur Assur Assur? And
    the other boy replied, more forcefully this
    time, Assur Assur Assur! “Forbidden!
    Forbidden! Forbidden!”
    That week, Reb Yonoson Chever ate the
    Shabbos seudah at his father-in-law’s home,
    Reb Dov Yafo, and repeated this episode,
    wanting to share what he thought was a cute
    story of two young children.
    However, hearing the story, Reb Dov Yafo
    became visibly upset. He stood up and said,
    “I must go speak to their father now.
    The Rebbetzin and the family tried to
    explain to Reb Yafo that it was just two
    children playing, but Reb Yafo wasn’t
    The Rebbetzin said, “But if you go to him
    now, while he is eating his seudah, he will
    be startled. If you feel you must speak to
    him, better push it off for later.”
    Reb Yafo accepted her advice.
    Later in the day, Reb Yafo spoke to the
    father, explaining that a child mustn’t think
    of Yiddishkeit as Assur Assur Assur, that
    everything is forbidden. He should associate
    Yiddishkeit with joy and sweetness. Having
    negative, stifling views on Yiddishkeit
    could chalilah have terrible consequences.
    The father didn’t take Reb Dov Yafo’s
    warning seriously. Eventually, both children
    fell off the derech and became irreligious,
    A mashal is told about a storeowner in a
    small town who sometimes got angry and
    shouted at his customers. He wasn’t afraid
    they wouldn’t return to his store because
    they didn’t have anywhere else to go. But
    then a competitor opened another grocery in
    the small town. Now he was careful to
    speak respectfully to all customers because
    he knew that if they felt slighted, they may
    opt to go to the other store instead.
    The nimshal is, in our generation, children
    have where to go. If parents don’t show
    them love and instead shout and belittle
    them, the children might decide to find
    solace elsewhere, outside the house. So, we
    need to be cautious to demonstrate to our
    children that they are always loved, wanted,
    and respected for who they are.