Rabbi David Paskin
Our True Selves
Updated: Dec 9, 2021
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From Rabbi David
It can be intimidating to show our true selves; to follow our passions and honor our struggles. We see this struggle in Joseph in this week's Torah portion. He has hidden his identity from his family for many years and finally reveals himself as the person he has grown to be.
Children don't suffer from the anxieties and pressures that society places on us older folks. They have nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to hide. This innocence is so important to nurture and celebrate. Each child at Gan Sinai is celebrated for their true self - not who someone else might want them to be but who they are and who they are becoming.
That is the essence of a child-centered program like ours. Each and every child is placed at the center of everything we do and encouraged to become the best version of themselves.