Rabbi Analia Bortz of Congregation Or Chadash in Atlanta, GA writes:
1. Carpe Diem, seize the day, life is fragile and short, take advantage of God’s blessings every day.
2. You are the owner of your successes and your failures. God blessed you with the tools to succeed, appreciate them!
3. We give you roots, please spread your wings!
Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, RJE, and proud mother of Max and Saul
Dr. Amy Robertson, a member of the Jewish Studies faculty at The Davis Academy offers the following:
It’s funny for me to stop and think about what I am trying to teach my children – I am more accustomed to reflecting on what I am learning from this whole motherhood gig (which could fill a volume!). But here is one thing I feel very aware of trying to teach my children: Having too many things is bad for your soul. Or, at least, that is how I articulate it to my 5 year old. He is in a very acquisitive place — he wants to *have* all kinds of things. This is enormously distressing to me, and I work hard not to make him feel ashamed of wanting them. At the same time, I firmly believe that having too many material things distracts us from what is important – from our friends, our families, our God, the natural world, our thoughts, our responsibilities. Right now, this probably just feels like arbitrary discipline to him, but I hope that by becoming accustomed to having some boundaries around his acquisitiveness and understanding how to actively fight back that urge (not watching commercials, not walking around the mall, not window shopping), I am setting him up move past this phase. The other day he told me that he chose not to walk around the school book fair browsing after he had already bought the one book we had decided on, because it made him sad to look at all the cool things he couldn’t have. I felt very proud of him for choosing not to feed his desire for more.