Posted on October 28, 2010
As part of their communications with parents Yeshivat Noam presents Middot Matters, a scenario that help parents and students address real life issues. Areyvut is developing the scenarios for the school and is proud to share them with you.
Middot in Action
Don’t put stumbling blocks in front of the blind, treat the elderly with respect and share important lessons with others.
A few weeks ago Samantha was at her friend, Gabby’s house. Gabby’s grandfather was visiting from Florida. He is old and cannot see too well. In fact, he walks with a special cane that he uses to check to make sure that there is nothing in front of him where he is trying to step. While at Gabby’s house, Gabby and Samantha tried to have some fun with Gabby’s grandfather by putting small items in his way to see if he could find them with his special cane. They spread things out all over the house and were watching Gabby’s grandfather waiting for him to get up.
Just as Gabby’s grandfather was about to get up, Gabby’s mom walked into the room and saw the two girls giggling. She had them go throughout the house and clean up their mess and then spoke with them about respecting their elders and the concept of lifnei eever lo teetein michshol (not to put stumbling blocks in front of the blind).
A few weeks later, Samantha’s grandmother called to let her know that she would be coming for Shabbat.
* Should Samantha share the lesson she learned with Gabby with her three younger brothers? Why or why not?
* Would it matter if Samantha shared the lesson with her brothers if her grandmother wasn’t visiting?
* Can this lesson be applied in any other way?
If you think this is cool and wish your school or child’s school had something like this and want Areyvut to help develop and implement a program just let us know.