The sefer, Chovos HaTalmidim, A Student’s Obligation, was published in 1932 and written by the Rebbe of Piazeczna, Rav Kalonymous Kalman Shapiro, zt”l. The sefer, itself, is powerful. However, the introduction sheds light on students and children leaving the path of Torah Judaism. I have posted a few pages of the introduction to this sefer here.
The Piazeczna’s description and advice for those “at-risk” speaks to both the young and old, the BT and the FFB, those burned out and those go through the daily motions of Yiddishkeit. It is almost hard to believe that it was first published over 76 years ago.
In light of several posting recently (Rabbi Maryles, Dixie Yid, and two from Little Frumhouse on the Prairie) I had been think about posting something myself, but that will have to wait. If you are in chinuch or a parent or find yourself thinking “do I really need to make a bracha after I eat?” or notice you speed through bentching Shabbos night so that you can get to sleep really early then you really need to read what the Rebbe writes.
In the few pages that I’ve made available as a pdf, the Aish Kodesh brings up things as:
- Children being rebellious or stuborn students (top of page 7)
- Parents role in educating the next generation (top of page 10)
- Children thinking that they are more grown up than they really are (middle of page 11)
- The slow, small steps that lead us away from Hashem (bottom of page 12)
- The main thing someone needs to know is that he or she is connected to Hashem (page 15)
These pages are not meant to be read while stopped at a traffic light on the way to work or while waiting in line to pick up your kids from school. This is the real deal! I would suggest printing them out and setting aside a few minutes Shabbos night in a comfortable chair with a cup of mint tea and absorbing Rav Shapiro’s persepctive. Please click here to view and download these few pages read the words of this Tzaddik.
Comments are always welcome.