Rabbi David Paskin
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From Rabbi David
What will your children remember from these years? What do you remember from when you were a small child?
At this time of year, we think a lot about memory as we mark Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day and Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Remembrance Day. Unfortunately, it's often easier to remember the painful times than it is to remember the joyful times. That's why it's so important to me that every child enters school and leaves school each day with a smile.
We have the power, not only to live through moments that we will remember but to create those moments. Scholarship tells us how formative early years are to a child's development. Equally important are the memories that we create for our children during these years. I've joked that I will never be forgotten because my girls will inevitable write books about all of the mistakes I've made that they will remember forever. We can't avoid all the bad memories but we can make a concerted effort to maximize the positive ones.