Can we have some examples חנוך לנער על פי דרכו – “Train a child on his way” (Mishlei 22:6)
“Train a youth on his way in life,” means that you should prepare a youth with attitudes that will guide his way in life. I’ll just say one example. Train a youth that he should think every day at least for one half minute about Mattan Torah. You never heard about that? It’s a Rambam. The Rambam says that in the Igeres Taiman.
He brings a possuk (Devarim 4:9) that says: השמר לך ושמור נפשך מאד פן תשכח את הדברים אשר ראו עיניך – “Be very careful, extreme careful, that you shouldn’t forget what your eyes saw at Har Sinai.” יום אשר עמדת לפני השם אלוקיך בחורב והודעתם לבניך ולבני בניך – “The day of Mattan Torah should never be forgotten, and you should let your children know about it.”
And the Rambam says, גדלהו על כל גדולה – “More than anything else that you speak about to your children, speak about Mattan Torah.” But speak about it with hispa’alus, with excitement. Oh! What a day that was! A tremendous day that never happened in all of history! People heard the voice of Hashem! השמע עם קול אלקים – “Did a nation ever hear such a sweet and dreadful voice?!” (ibid. 4:33). They fainted; they died and had to be revived! It was an excitement, a terrible experience, and yet the most happy and joyous experience ever. You have to explain that to your children more than anything else.
If they can think every day one half minute about ma’amad Har Sinai, that’s one of the ways of being mechanech the na’ar al pi darko. You never thought about that? You didn’t know about it? Now you know it. And the Rambam says that this is the most important thing to teach your son; גדלהו על כל גדולה – “Make it greater in your child’s mind than anything else.”
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