Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach: What Can We Learn From Our Children?

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Published: 4/15/17

Who is closer to the truth – adults or children? Ostensibly it would seem that a mature adult, whose mind and emotions are fully developed, would be able to access the truth more than an undeveloped child. Indeed, for many years, until just recently, secular psychology saw a child as a “dumb” adult in the making.  Religious Puritans even saw children as “born in sin” and as little savages that needed strong measures to keep them in line!

The holiday of Pesach – as illuminated by a few beautiful narratives about the Baal Shem Tov – sees things, shall we say, a bit differently. Actually, quite differently; a perspective which is the exact opposite than the secular view:

A child is the closest possible thing to the truth. The simplicity of the child touches – far more than any adult – the simplicity of the Essence of all existence! Indeed, it is the developed mind of the adult that conceals and blocks the experience of pure truth…

Let us discover the moving way the Baal Shem Tov describes himself as a child… A powerful story – and a beautiful analogy of a pauper and an aristocrat – captures the life-altering words of the Baal Shem Tov to a great scholar who was left confused in his ponderings on the existence G-d.

Above all, we will learn how to tap our single most powerful resource: Your inner child.

Pesach teaches us a revolutionary new way to look at our children, and at our child within. And tremendous lessons we can learn from our children.

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