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Yud Shevat 5773 Farbrengen: Why We Need G-d In Our Schools

Can We Turn Our World Into a Garden? How Do We Educate Children? Is Man Inherently Good or Bad?

1 hr 55 min

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Yud Shevat 5773 Webcast : Why We Need G-d In Our Schools. Can We Turn Our World Into a Garden? How Do We Educate Children? Is Man Inherently Good or Bad?

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    Anonymous -11 years ago

    Makes You Think


    Guess our national leaders didn't expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

    They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:

    "Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

    "The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

    "In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent

    I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

    Your laws ignore our deepest needs,

    Your words are empty air.

    You've stripped away our heritage,

    You've outlawed simple prayer.

    Now gunshots fill our classrooms,

    And precious children die.

    You seek for answers everywhere,

    And ask the question "Why?"

    You regulate restrictive laws,

    Through legislative creed.

    And yet you fail to understand,

    That God is what we need!

    "Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.

    What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.

    Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

    "As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.

    To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!

    My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"

    - Darrell Scott

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    Joel -11 years ago

    G-d bless you rabbi
    This was an eye-opening class. Thank you for your inspiring words. G-d bless you.

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    yosef langer -11 years ago

    yossi....thank you for the wonderful playdate today in our garden here in frisco. i look forward to the next time.... 

                 what a great friend and leader you are for us... thank you!!!

    love and Blessings


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    Nechama Satah -11 years ago

    The Future of Our Children
    The Emes. Unfortunately many, many people are becoming deaf to the Emes. They hear but it does not enter their hearts.

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    Moshe -11 years ago

    The Teacher
    Thank you for those kind words about the importance of a teacher. 

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    rivkah schulman -11 years ago

    Question re: 7 Tzadikim
    Rabbi Jacobson:  A beautiful expose on Basi L'gani and a joyous celebration - yasher koach!  Yosef is referred to as "Yosef HaTazadik", however, he is not mentioned as one of the 7 tzadikim credited with returning the shechinah from heaven to heaven, down to the earth.  How come?  Thank you!

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    Ruth Fingerhut-Tamkin -11 years ago

    moment of silence
    Unfortunately, not all parents are going to give the children what to think about during a moment of silence so the guidance of a teacher is going to be important.  Release time supplemental programs for Jewish children are great, the non Jewish children need to be connected to youth leaders, too.  I have worked in a major urban school district with disturbed kids and I have partnered with others when needed to support these children's needs.  I also refer to G-d in the classroom occasionally, the kids don't seem to mind and often appreciate my support of their nascent faith.

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    stam -11 years ago

    what cd is the music playing its great ?

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    Alex -11 years ago

    I was thirsty for a farbbrengan for too long, thank R YY for the unbelievable . the true meaning of farbe. is to brong closer together[from afar?]

    I feel indebt, as I couldnt make it to CH this year

    . Moshiach now

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    Anonymous -11 years ago

    Aphorisms of the previous Rebb
    Can you post those aphorisms please. Even if right now you only have them in their original. Each one is a jewel spurring deep contemplation.

    Thank you so very much.

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    mordey -11 years ago

    Great Farbrengen. Thank you Rabbi Jacobson.

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    Inspired -11 years ago

    This is wondeful, I am so inspired. Thank you so much Rabbi Jacobson. i espeically like what you said about being good is an imminet thing in the human being and the world. And so by a person can essentially change the world only because the world is good, and they are just chipping away the layers of bad. 

    Thank you Rabbi, and have a great yomtov!

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    Leah -11 years ago

    The rabbis face is much to bright.

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    shliach -11 years ago

    not working for me
    its not working on my comp

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      Anonymous -11 years ago

      Re: not working for me
      Please contact us through contact.

      Please include any errors you receive and specify what happens when you try to play the program.

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    Nechemia -11 years ago

    thats it? only a half hour
    thats it? only a half hour

    enjoying... but want more

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      Anonymous -11 years ago

      Re: thats it? only a half hour
      The program is for a total of 2 hours.

      1.5 hour left.

      Enjoy :-)

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    Bob -11 years ago

    Is he just singing or am I missing something?

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    Mordy -11 years ago

    Great class
    First a great class for our kids, and now for us.

    Thanks for your great service.

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