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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin


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From Rabbi David

Children riding bikes

I've never been a big fan of fireworks. They've always seemed to me to be a glorification of explosions that come in times of war. So I wasn't surprised when this image popped up on my social feeds showing that at midnight on New Year's eve in Israel there were indeed rockets flying toward Israel and explosions overhead.

I've always worried about the messages some of our more innocuous traditions and pastimes send to our children (and to us). That's why my children never had so much as a water gun. I don't want my children pretending to shoot another person. I don't want them to think its a game.

And so I've worried about fireworks - to our children they are just colorful, bright and beautiful (and sometimes too loud). To me, especially this year, they symbolize something far more dangerous. I wonder if there is anything that you have wanted to shield your children from even when the rest of the world seems to embrace it.

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