Friday, February 25, 2011

What My Son is Thinking About in the Middle of the Night

This past Sunday my son told his rebbe in cheder that it was his sixth birthday. His rebbe then taught him that it's a special zechus for someone to get a bracha from someone who's having his birthday that day, so he asked my son for a bracha! Then all of the other rebbeim in that section of the cheder also got brachos from my son shortly afterwards.

Please note that my oldest daughter is becoming a bas mitzvah very soon and her gettogether at her school is on Sunday.

Fast-forward to yesterday (Thursday) morning. I was getting ready to leave for Shul in the morning well before anyone else in the house had gotten up and my son had relocated to our bedroom. As I'm getting various things from the room ready in the dark, my son, still half asleep, suddenly sits up and says, "Daddy, when you pick me up at carpool on Sunday, we need to bring the Rebbe with us to the house so [my sister] can give him a bracha on her Bas mitzvah!" He then promptly went back to sleep.

I heard in the name of one of the Chabad rebbeim that you can really tell what is internalized within a person by waking him up in the middle of the night and asking him a question. Whatever he answers before he has a chance to think about what he *should* answer reflects what and who he truly is.

I love this cheder!

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micha berger said...

It was also a saying by R' JB Soloveitchik, trying to evince the obvious (to him at least) hava amina from the shiur. "Nu, so if I woke you up at 2 in the morning, what would you say?"


DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

Now that you mention it, I have heard rebbeim use that phrase as well. It's a good way of referring to something that's truly internalized.

Rav Weinberger also talked about being in Rav Soloveichik's shiur at his Oros HaTorah shiur on Rav Kook this morning.

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DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...


Neil Harris said...

A) Great story
B) Mazel Tov on your daughter's upcoming Bas Mitzvah
C) Love the new look. Hatzlacha!