It's Friday night. It's time to put the kids to bed. We go through the regular routine of shema and songs and then I talk to my son for a little bit. He's my big boy and we can actually have conversations before he goes to sleep...sometimes :).
night, SB. Hashem is always watching over you," I say.
not today," he responds.
Why do you say that?" I ask, taken aback.
Hashem rests on shabbos."
pinch this little boy's cheeks. I love the way he thinks. And I love that he
thinks. He uses his little head and there's so much going on in there. It's
delicious. It's precious. And I'm happy when he can verbalize these things and
we can work out his cute emunah questions, doubts and
uncertainties...especially at such a young age.
explain to him that Hashem never rests. Hashem never goes to sleep. He created
rest on Shabbos so that we can rest.
through the seven days of creation and what happened on each day.
didn't rest on Shabbos. He doesn't need to rest. He wants us to rest so
we can benefit from all the things Shabbos has to offer us, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
to understand now.
to get it.
it that when a little kid asks a question, it's okay and we take it seriously?
Why, when they get a little older and express something that sounds like they
are...thinking...does it become a problem?
girls labeled an apikores for asking questions their teacher cannot
that encourage them to continue asking?
have the answers.
okay to ask.
shows we are thinking.
that something is bothering us...bothering us enough to question.
not always get a satisfying answer right away. Some questions are pretty big.
(Like the shortest but hardest question of "Why??")
should always ask.
good to think. (But not too much... :))
good to question.
great when we can get good answers.
be able to have the right people to ask your questions to, get good answers and come out feeling enriched.