The Sephardic Community of Fair Lawn, New Jersey

Here are some wonderful, spine-tingling, goose-bump raising sayings from the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach z”l. You can read these teachings over quickly, or you can close your eyes after each one and savor it for a long time. That’s because all of Reb Shlomo’s teachings are inspiring on a simple level, and much deeper and sweeter if you take some time to think about them.    

(Translated from the books Kedushat Yeladim and Omek HaLev (Hebrew) edited by Rabbi Yachad Witt.)

Children really need for their parents to be full of happiness, and the happiness of the parents is like a small wall protecting their children.

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If parents would dance with their children every time they learn something new from the Torah, those children would definitely continue learning.

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We will never know how great is the holiness of the hands that lift young children. We will never know the great holiness of the hands that lift children with love, and bring them to synagogue. We will never know how great is the holiness of the hands that lift little children to kiss the Torah scroll.

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If I do not return to G-d, how will I teach my children? I must be connected with G-d in the deepest possible part of myself, with the part of myself that is uniquely me, otherwise how will I be able to connect my children with the part within them that is uniquely them? And how will I be able to help them to connect that unique part of themselves with the Creator of the World?

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When children go to sleep, we should tell them how beautiful they are, and when they wake up, we should tell them how beautiful the world is.

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Many parents say that it is necessary to educate our children about the reality of the world that we see around us. But I bless you all that you will educate your children for the reality of the world that we cannot see around us, for the hidden world that exists here. I bless you that you will teach your children what is taking place behind the curtain.

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There could be a situation that a father sits with his child and teaches him for two thousand years from a book and nothing sinks in, because what do children remember? What remains with children is what you teach them from underneath your prayer shawl, from the innermost part of your heart.

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Parents need to see what is unique in each child. If parents do not see what is unique in their children, it is as though the children live in a hotel and not in a home, because in a hotel I do not need for anyone to see that I am unique. In a hotel I am nobody.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the deepest Kabbalah (mystical teaching), the most exalted secrets, are our children. When the Baal Shem Tov taught Torah on the holy Sabbath that was very deep Kabbalah, but when he played with his daughter, Oodel’eh, that was even deeper.

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Jerusalem is not only in the land of Israel. In any place where people love one another, that is Jerusalem. In a place where two people meet and remember that G-d is one and that G-d brought them together, that is the Temple. And when parents kiss their children- that is the Holy of Holies.

 

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