Midot Program 2016-2017/ 5777
In grades 1-8, we are using midot curricula produced and sponsored by the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation. These programs have proven to be very successful and we are confident that they will continue to have a big impact upon our talmidot!
Which mida tova will we be focusing upon this year?
לשון הטוב as opposed to לשון הרע : positive speech, instead of negative speech. As the Chofetz Chaim points out in his Introduction to SeferChofetz Chaim, לשון הרע was the underlying factor for שנאת חנם which caused the חורבן הבית. As Rav Kook and others have emphasized, בנין בית שלישי can best be accomplished through “אהבת חנם”, “unconditional love”. Here at Shulamith School we will, בע”ה, strive to do our part to contribute to אהבת חנם .
Midot tovot are integrated into Limudei Kodesh and General Studies curricula. However, the real success of the program is dependent upon all members of the community—adult and child, faculty, administration, parents, and students—being involved. Therefore, we invite everyone to join us on this most important mission!
What can Parents do?
- Model the behaviors that you are seeking in your child. There is nothing which is more important or which has a greater impact than the דוגמא אישית, the personal example that an adult provides for a child. Our children will imitate us whether we like it or not; let us be excellent role models!
- Discuss good midot with your children on a level that is age appropriate. Shulamith School will provide some materials to assist you in this process; however, we encourage you to go beyond what the school provides and engage your child in regular discussions regarding midot tovot. In particular, especially with older children, critically analyze news items that may, or may not, exemplify midot tovot.
- Practice…practice….practice…There is nothing more important than practicing midot tovot. As the ספר החינוך tells us: כי אחרי הפעולות נמשכים הלבבות”” the heart is drawn after our actions. Therefore, we must practice proper deeds daily, regularly and constantly!