Shemot: How to Deal with a Rebellious Child?



The people whom we love the most have the ability to hurt us the most.

Children may rebel against their parents, sometimes to the point that the love seems left behind. Parents may, intentionally or not, be absent from their children, neglecting to see what their children really need. Spouses, through carelessness or ignorance or worse, may alienate themselves from their better halves.

What can we do when that happens – when members of our family, those we love the most and are closest to, seem so far away? What can we do when someone we love runs from us? What can we do when a Jew leaves the fold to wander down a distant path? What can we do when our own child, or sibling, or spouse, distances himself or herself from us?

We can learn from Moses.

Moses, the shepherd, followed one little lamb down the wayward path, realizing that it wasn’t running away but was simply thirsty and looking for drink.

Every act of rebellion is simply a loved one of ours thirsting for something to drink. It is our job to open the well.

Every act of skepticism is simply a Jew thirsting for something spiritual. It is our job to open the well of Torah.



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